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Great Expectations

Series: Oxford World's Classics

by Charles Dickens , Volume editor Margaret Cardwell

Category: Classic Fiction / General
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5 March 1998
Number of pages: 530
Prizes: Winner of Rose Mary Crawshay Prize 1994.
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003.
Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.' 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, encoutering a variety of extraordinary characters ranging from Magwitch, the excaped convict, to Miss Havisham, locked up with her unhappy past and living with her ward, the arrogant, beautiful Estella. In this compelling story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish his own sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him, and thus discover a firm set of values and priorities. Whether such values will allow one to prosper in the complex world of early Victorian England is, however, the major question posed by Great Expectations, one of Dicken's most fascinating, and disturbing, novels. This edition use the text of the Clarendon edition, with a new Introduction and Explanatory Notes. The Appendices give the original, discarded ending, Dicken's brief working notes, and the serial instalments and chapter divisions in different editions.

The classic story of Pip's life struggle from childhood into adulthood takes him from the Kent marshes to the bustle of commercial London. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
First performed at the Waterside Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, on 28 November 1995. 'One of the best adaptations I have seen.' (Stratford Herald) 'A very competent and skillful adaptation ... which handles the complex plot with ease, the action always fluid and fast.' (Samuel French)

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