A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; 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 origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'. 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.
- Publication Date:
- 09 / 01 / 2004
- 129 x 198 x 23mm
If you think all classics are as dull as a butter knife then this one might just change your mind. Dickens was a strange man, with a strange brain and here he has created a very strange book. With characters that leap off the page and storylines that come full-circle this is a must read.
Miss Havisham will be a constant feature in your nightmares from that point on. - Tara (QBD)