Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)

By | February 22, 2018
Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) Author Charles Dickens
ISBN-10 0141439564
ISBN-13 9780141439563
Year 2002-12-31
Pages 544
Language English
Publisher Penguin Classics
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Great Expectations is up there for me with the world s greatest novels Howard JacobsonCharles Dickens s Great Expectations charts the course of orphan Pip Pirrip s life as it is transformed by a vast mysterious inheritance A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes a summons to meet the bitter decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful cold hearted ward Estella at Satis House the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip s life forever and he eagerly abandons his humble station as an apprentice to blacksmith Joe Gargery beginning a new life as a gentleman Charles Dickens s haunting late novel depicts Pip s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his identity and his great expectations This definitive version uses the text from the first published edition of 1861 It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century and appendices on Dickens s original ending and his working notes giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than 1 700titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to datetranslations by award winning translators

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