Great Expectations / Edition 1 available in Paperback
What this cautionary tale of a young man raised high above his station by a mysterious benefactor lacks in length, it more than makes up for in its remarkable characters and compelling story. Charles Dickens' Great Expectations begins with young orphaned Philip PirripPiprunning afoul of an escaped convict in a cemetery. This terrifying personage bullies Pip into stealing food and a file for him, threatening that if he tells a soul "your heart and your liver shall be tore out, roasted and ate." The boy does as he's asked, but the convict is captured anyway, and transported to the penal colonies in Australia. Having started his novel in a cemetery, Dickens then ups the stakes and introduces his hero into the decaying household of Miss Havisham, a wealthy, half-mad woman who was jilted on her wedding day many years before and has never recovered. Pip is brought there to play with Miss Havisham's ward, Estella, a little girl who delights in tormenting Pip about his rough hands and future as a blacksmith's apprentice.
Complete and unabridged, this elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction by Grace Moore. The Knickerbocker Classics bring together the works of classic authors from around the world in stunning gift editions to be collected and enjoyed. Complete and unabridged, these elegantly designed cloth-bound hardcovers feature a slipcase and ribbon marker, as well as a comprehensive introduction providing the reader with enlightening information on the author's life and works.
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Grace Moore is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Dickens and Empire, which was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Award for literary scholarship, and The Victorian Novel in Context.
Date of Birth:February 7, 1812
Date of Death:June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
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Table of ContentsIntroduction Acknowledgements A Note on the Text Charles Dickens: A Brief Chronology
- Volume I
- Volume II
- Volume III
Appendices: Contemporary Documents
Appendix A. The Composition of the Novel
- Dickens’s Working Memoranda
- Dickens’s Letters
Appendix B. Contemporary Responses to the Novel
- Athenaeum (13 July 1861)
- Examiner (20 July 1861)
- Saturday Review (20 July 1861)
- Atlantic Monday (September 1861)
- The Times (17 October 1861)
- British Quarterly Review (January 1862)
- Rambler (January 1862)
- Blackwood’s Magazine (May 1862)
- Temple Bar (September 1862)
Appendix C. On Class and Language
- Charles Dickens, “Hard Experiences in Boyhood” in John Forster, The Life of Charles Dickens (1872-74)
- Charles Dickens, “Travelling Abroad” The Uncommercial Traveller (1861)
- Alexis deTocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1856)
- Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, “Gentlemen” Cornhill Magazine (1862)
- William Sewell, “Gentlemanly Manners” Sermons to Boys at Radley School (1854-69)
- John Ruskin, “Of Vulgarity,” Modern Painters (1860)
- J.H. Newman, “Liberal Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Religion,” The Scope and Nature of University Education (1859)
- Thomas Carlyle, “Labour,” Past and Present (1843)
- Samuel Smiles, “Character: The True Gentleman,” Self Help (1859)
- Mrs. Craik, John Halifax, Gentleman (1856)
- Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857)
- Reports on the State of Popular Education in England (1861)
Appendix D. On Crime & Punishment
- Mrs. Trimmer, The Charity School Spelling Book (1818)
- Charles Dickens, “Criminal Courts,” Sketches by Boz (1839)
- Charles Dickens, “A Visit to Newgate,” Sketches by Boz (1839)
- Report from the Select Committee on Transportation (1838)
- Henry Savery, Quintus Servinton (1830-31)
- Marcus Clarke, His Natural Life (1870-72)
- “The Autobiography of a Convict,” The Voices of Our Exiles (1854)
- John Binny, “Thieves and Swindlers,” in London Labour and the London Poor (1861)
- Thomas Carlyle, Model Prisons (1850)
- Thomas Beard, “A Dialogue Concerning Convicts,” All the Year Round (1861)
- Charles Dickens, “The Ruffian,” The Uncommercial Traveller (1868)
Maps and Illustrations Showing Settings
Map A: Estuaries of the Thames and Medway Map B: City of London Map C: Pip’s London Illustration A. Smithfield Market Illustration B. Barnard’s Inn Illustration C. The River Front at Hammersmith Illustration D. Covent Garden Market Illustration E. The Royal Exchange Illustration F. The Temple Stairs Illustration G. London Bridge Illustration H. Billingsgate Market
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"Dickens's figures belong to poetry, like figures of Dante or Shakespeare, in that a single phrase, either by them or about them, may be enough to set them wholely before us." T.S. Eliot
"All his characters are my personal friendsI am constantly comparing them with living persons, and living persons with them." Tolstoy
"Psychologically the latter part of Great Expectations is about the best thing Dickens ever did." George Orwell