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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Tells the story of Pip, an orphan who, through a mysterious benefactor, rises in Victorian society, is educated as a gentleman, and snobbishly neglects his childhood friends.

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ISBN 9780679405795
Published 14 August 2009 by Random House
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Series Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics (part: 56)
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ISBN-13 9780679405795
ISBN-10 0679405798
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Everyman's Library USA
Publication Date 14 August 2009
International Publication Date 10 March 1992
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Series Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics (part: 56)
Category Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 503
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 567g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress England, Social history, Fiction, England - Social life and customs - 19th century, Manners and customs
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
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Description of this Book

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) One of Charles Dickens's most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From the young Pip's first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham's mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide. Written in 1860, at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist's bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions. This edition includes Dickens's original, discarded conclusion to the novel, the 1907 Everyman preface by G. K. Chesterton, and twenty illustrations by F. W. Pailthorpe.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Great Expectations may be called a novel without a hero . . . In [it] Dickens was really trying to be a quiet, a detached, and even a cynical observer of human life . . . And the final and startling triumph of Dickens is this: that even to this moderate and modern story he gives an incomparable energy which is not moderate and which is not modern. He is trying to be reasonable; but in spite of himself he is inspired. -G. K. Chesterton <br> Great Expectations [is] generally regarded as Dickens's artistic masterpiece, and a novel profoundly serious in its psychological and sociological import . . . Dickens tell[s] a universal story of human passions, mutual exploitation, selfishness, self-delusion, and selflessness . . . [It] is the subtlest and most profound, as well as the most triumphantly achieved, of all his great novels. -From the Introduction by Michael Slater

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Author's Bio

Charles Dickens was born in a little house in Landport, Portsea, England, on February 7, 1812. The second of eight children, he grew up in a family frequently beset by financial insecurity. At age eleven, Dickens was taken out of school and sent to work in London backing warehouse, where his job was to paste labels on bottles for six shillings a week. His father John Dickens, was a warmhearted but improvident man. When he was condemned the Marshela Prison for unpaid debts, he unwisely agreed that Charles should stay in lodgings and continue working while the rest of the family joined him in jail. This three-month separation caused Charles much pain; his experiences as a child alone in a huge city-cold, isolated with barely enough to eat-haunted him for the rest of his life. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to school, after which he became an office boy, a freelance reporter and finally an author. With Pickwick Papers (1836-7) he achieved immediate fame; in a few years he was easily the post popular and respected writer of his time. It has been estimated that one out of every ten persons in Victorian England was a Dickens reader. Oliver Twist (1837), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-9) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) were huge successes. Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-4) was less so, but Dickens followed it with his unforgettable, A Christmas Carol (1843), Bleak House (1852-3), Hard Times (1854) and Little Dorrit (1855-7) reveal his deepening concern for the injustices of British Society. A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1) and Our Mutual Friend (1864-5) complete his major works. Dickens's marriage to Catherine Hoggarth produced ten children but ended in separation in 1858. In that year he began a series of exhausting public readings; his health gradually declined. After putting in a full day's work at his home at Gads Hill, Kent on June 8, 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke, and he died the following day.

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