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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person.[N 1] Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781503310803
Published 1 November 2014 by Createspace
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ISBN-13 9781503310803
ISBN-10 1503310809
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Createspace
Imprint Createspace
Publication Date 1 November 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Dickens, Charles
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 284 pp
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 741.5
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Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person.[N 1] Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens's weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes. Dickens originally intended Great Expectations to be twice as long, but constraints imposed by the management of All the Year Round limited the novel's length. The novel is collected and dense, with a conciseness unusual for Dickens. According to G. K. Chesterton, Dickens penned Great Expectations in the afternoon of [his] life and fame. It was the penultimate novel Dickens completed, preceding Our Mutual Friend. It is set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early to mid-1800s. The novel contains some of Dickens most memorable scenes, including its opening, in a graveyard, when the young orphan Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is a graphic book, full of extreme imagery, poverty, prison ships ( the hulks ), barriers and chains, and fights to the death. The novel received mixed reviews from critics upon its release.[citation needed] Thomas Carlyle spoke of All that Pip's nonsense. Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel as All of one piece and consistently truthfull. Dickens felt Great Expectations was his best work, calling it a very fine idea, and was very sensitive to compliments from his friends: Bulwer, who has been, as I think you know, extraordinarily taken by the book.

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