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  • Published: 7 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531186
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $9.99

Great Expectations: 150th Anniversary Edition


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Charles Dickens's Great Expectations is at once a superably constructed novel of spellbinding mystery and a profound examination of moral values.  An orphan living with his older sister and her kindly husband, Pip is hired by wealthy and embittered Miss Havisham as a companion for her and her beautiful adopted daughter, Estella.  His years in service to the Havishams fill his heart with the desire to rise above his station in life.  Pip's wish is fulfilled when a mysterious benefactor provides him with 'great expectations'-the means to be tutored as a gentleman.

Thrust into London's high-society circles, Pip grows accustomed to a life of leisure, only to find himself lacking as a suitor competing for Estella's favour.  After callously discarding everything he once valued for his own selfish pursuits, Pip learns the identity of his patron-a revelation that shatters his very soul.

From the agony of Dickens's disenchantment with the Victorian middle class comes a work that gives an added dimension to his matchless genius.

With an Introduction by Stanley Weintraub and an Afterword by Annabel Davis-Goff

  • Pub date: 7 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531186
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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