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Great Expectations

ISBN : 9780199219766

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,089
Author: 
Charles Dickens; Margaret Cardwell
Pages
544 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
130 x 200 mm
Pub date
Jun 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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  • Perhaps Dickens's best-loved work, Great Expectations features memorable characters such as the convict Magwitch, the mysterious Miss Havisham and her proud ward Estella, as Pip unravels the mystery of his benefactor and of his own heart. Widely adapted for film and television, the story attracts readers of all ages.
  • This edition reprints the authoritative text of the Clarendon edition, correcting both original printer's errors and later textual corruptions, and retains facsimiles of the original title-pages for each of the three volumes of the 1861 edition.
  • Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's new introduction ranges widely across critical issues raised by the novel: its biographical genesis; the effect of the past on the present, ideas of origin and progress and what makes a 'gentleman', memory, melodrama, and the book's critical reception.
  • Four appendices: the original ending to the novel; the different chapter numbering in the serial version; Dickens's working notes; two pages from the theatrical adaptation of the novel made by, or with the approval of, Dickens.
  • The fullest set of critical notes in any mass-market edition.

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
  • Expanded notes.
  • New and updated Select Bibliography.
  • New Chronology.
  • New appendix featuring pages from the theatrical adaptation of the novel.
  • Reset text.

   
'you are to understand, Mr. Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret...'
  
Young Pip lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith, with few prospects for advancement until a mysterious benefaction takes him from the Kent marshes to London. Pip is haunted by figures from his past - the escaped convict Magwitch, the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud and beautiful ward, Estella - and in time uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart.
  
A powerful and moving novel, Great Expectations is suffused with Dickens's memories of the past and its grip on the present, and it raises disturbing questions about the extent to which individuals affect each other's lives. This edition includes a lively introduction, Dickens's working notes, the novel's original ending, and an extract from an early theatrical adaptation. It reprints the definitive Clarendon text. 

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Charles Dickens

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Volume I
Volume II
Volume III

Appendix A: The Original Ending
Appnendix B: Dickens's Working Notes
Appendix C: All the Year Round instalments and Chapter-numbering in Different Editions
Appendix D: The 1861 Theotrical Adaptation

Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Charles Dickens
Edited by Margaret Cardwell, Formerly Reader in English at the Queen's University, Belfast, andRobert Douglas-Fairhurst, Fellow and Tutor in English, Magdalen College, Oxford

'you are to understand, Mr. Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret...'

Young Pip lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith, with few prospects for advancement until a mysterious benefaction takes him from the Kent marshes to London. Pip is haunted by figures from his past - the escaped convict Magwitch, the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud and beautiful ward, Estella - and in time uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart.

Click on the links to use this audio-guide by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst of Magdalen College, Oxford, and explore aspects of the novel before you read, as you read, or after you finish the book.

Introducing Great Expectations

Confronting the world

The Final Chapter and Beyond

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