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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Part of the Wordsworth Collector's Editions Series

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One of Sir Trevor McDonald's favourite books.

This definitive edition 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.

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Great Expectations Synopsis

Considered by many to be Dickens' finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens' most memorable characters. Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip's good-hearted room-mate Herbert Pocket and the pompous Pumblechook. As Pip unravels the truth behind his own ‘great expectations’ in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him towards maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.

Wordsworth Collector's Editions are compact cloth-bound hardbacks with matching coloured end papers, embossed gold and coloured blocking to enhance their beautiful, bespoke cover illustrations.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781840228014
Publication date: 07/09/2020
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780141439563
Publication date: 30/11/2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781840228014
Publication date: 7th September 2020
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: Classics,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, during the new industrial age, which gave birth to theories of Karl Marx. Dickens's father was a clerk in the navy pay office. He was well paid but often ended in financial troubles. In 1814 Dickens moved to London, and then to Chatham, where he received some education. The schoolmaster William Giles gave special attention to Dickens, who made rapid progress. In 1824, at the age of 12, Dickens was sent to work for some months at a blacking factory, Hungerford Market, London, while his father John was in Marshalea debtor's prison. "My father and mother ...

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