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Great Expectations

Great Expectations
 

An unknown 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 ho... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780192833594
Published 3 January 1998 by Oxford University Press
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Volume editor Cardwell, Margaret
Introduction by Flint, Kate
Series Oxford World's Classics
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ISBN-13 9780192833594
ISBN-10 0192833596
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford Paperbacks
Publication Date 3 January 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Volume editor Cardwell, Margaret
Introduction by Flint, Kate
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category Award Winning
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 530
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 375g
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 Not specified

Description of this Book

I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.' Great Expectations charts the progress of Pip from childhood through often painful experiences to adulthood, as he moves from the Kent marshes to busy, commercial London, encoutering a variety of extraordinary characters ranging from Magwitch, the excaped convict, to Miss Havisham, locked up with her unhappy past and living with her ward, the arrogant, beautiful Estella. In this compelling story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish his own sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him, and thus discover a firm set of values and priorities. Whether such values will allow one to prosper in the complex world of early Victorian England is, however, the major question posed by Great Expectations, one of Dicken's most fascinating, and disturbing, novels. This edition use the text of the Clarendon edition, with a new Introduction and Explanatory Notes. The Appendices give the original, discarded ending, Dicken's brief working notes, and the serial instalments and chapter divisions in different editions.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Rose Mary Crawshay Prize 1994 -- Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 -- Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003 -- Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
UK Review The classic story of Pip's life struggle from childhood into adulthood takes him from the Kent marshes to the bustle of commercial London. (Kirkus UK)

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