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Great Expectations

Great Expectations
  

A mysterious benefactor provides Philip Pirrip with the chance to escape his poor upbringing. Aspiring to be a gentleman, and encouraged by his expectations of wealth, he abandons his friends and moves to London. His expectations prove to be unfounded, however, and he must return... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780141804484
Barcode 9780141804484
Published 1 April 2003 by Penguin
Format Audio CD/Audio, Abridged edition
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Read by Laurie, Hugh
Series Penguin Classics
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ISBN-13 9780141804484
ISBN-10 0141804483
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 April 2003
International Publication Date 30 January 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Audio CD/Audio, Abridged edition
Edition Abridged edition
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Read by Laurie, Hugh
Series Penguin Classics
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 3
Dimensions Width: 126mm
Height: 144mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 176g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress England, Bildungsromans, Ex-convicts, Young men, Revenge
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code 259342

Description of this Book

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; and, the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

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Author's Bio

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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