The Penguin Classics edition of this classic piece of literature by Charles Dickens features an introduction by David Trotter as well as notes from Charlotte Mitchell, a map, timeline, and appendix. 514 softcover pages. Laura
Charles 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.
Pip first meets Estella when he is seven years old. Although the wealthy and beautiful young girl treats Pip terribly, he is captivated and determined to win her over. This is difficult for the orphaned boy, but the unexpected news that Pip has a secret benefactor allows for him to go to London to get the training of a young gentleman. Suddenly, Pip becomes a man of great expectations whose course in life has changed forever. ~ Enh