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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

This edition of one of Dickens's greatest and best-loved novels is based on the three-volume edition of 1861. Textual footnotes record variants in manuscript, proofs, and other editions during Dickens's lifetime. The Introduction traces the process of composition, and appendices ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780198185918
Barcode 9780198185918
Published 5 August 1993 by Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Edited by Cardwell, Margaret
Series Oxford World's Classics
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ISBN-13 9780198185918
ISBN-10 019818591X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Clarendon Press
Publication Date 5 August 1993
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Edited by Cardwell, Margaret
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category Award Winning
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 584
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 39mm
Weight 894g
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;823.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Great Expectations was first published as a weekly serial in All the Year Round, December 1860 - August 1861. Its first appearance in volume form was as three-volume novel, without illustrations, in July 1861. A one-volume edition, the next year, preceded its inclusion in the collected editions of Dickens's lifetime. The three-volume 1861 edition is the basis of the present text: variant readings, including those in manuscript and extant proofs, are recorded in the textual apparatus, providing an unusually rich source of information on Dickens's methods of composition. The Introduction traces this process of composition and draws attention to the two unperformed dramatic adaptations: the reading version and the 1861 play version, made as a safeguard of copyright. Appendices include the original ending, the author's notes, and two textual examinations, one of the five so-called 'editions' of 1861, the other a comparison of the one-volume 1862 edition with the 1864 Library edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Margaret Cardwell was awarded one of the two Rose Mary Crawshay prizes for 1994 by the British Academy. -- 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
NZ Review this definitive dition indicates all variations in text between the 1861 first book publication, the original manuscript, proofs and other editions published in the author's lifetime up to and including the Charles Dickens Edition of 1868. Thanks to the Clarendon editors, this expensive first edition can now be bought and sold with confidence. Brian Lake, Antiquarian Book Monthly, January 1994

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