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Great Expectations

Great Expectations
 

A note on the text: the present edition has been reprinted from the Penguin Classics edition (2003) of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, with an introduction by David Trotter and edited with notes by Charlotte Mitchell. The appendix prints the end of the novel as Dickens ori... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780143126454
Published 23 October 2013 by Penguin
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ISBN-13 9780143126454
ISBN-10 0143126458
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books
Publication Date 23 October 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 454 pp
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 214mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 363g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Bildungsromans, Ex-convicts, Young men, Revenge, Man-woman relationships
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Mike Newell ( Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ) and starring Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, and Jeremy Irvine as Pip 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; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor-these form a series of events that change the orphan Pip's life forever, as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his great expectations. Published nine years before Dickens's death, it remains one of his most celebrated works.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review No story in the first person was ever better told.

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Author's Bio

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and slave factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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