Great Expectations (Paperback)
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Short Description for Great Expectations This critical edition presents the most thorough textual edition of the novel available, that of 1861. This text is based on extant materials and is accompanied by several textual essays.
- Published: 10 February 1999
- Format: Paperback 774 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393960693 ISBN 10: 0393960692
- Sales rank: 30,832
Full description for Great Expectations
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, encountering a variety of extraordinary characters ranging from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham, locked up with her unhappy past and living with her ward, the arrogant, beautiful Estella. Pip must discover his true self, and his own set of values and priorities. Whether such values allow one to prosper in the complex world of early Victorian England is the major question posed by Great Expectations, one of Dickens's most fascinating, and disturbing, novels. This edition includes the original, discarded ending, Dickens's brief working notes, and the serial instalments and chapter divisions in different editions. It also uses the definitive Clarendon text.