Great Expectations

ISBN-10: 0141439564

ISBN-13: 9780141439563

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

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Description: Dickens' story of Pip's progress from rags to riches deals with the pervasive themes of greed, desire, money and the nature of capitalism. This edition has an introduction and notes.

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Book details

List price: $11.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

Introduction
Chronology of Charles Dickens's Life and Work
Historical Context of Great Expectations
Great Expectations
The Original Ending of Great Expectations
Notes
Interpretive Notes
Critical Excerpts
Questions for Discussion
Suggestions for the Interested Reader
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