Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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Overview

Many people are put off by the sheer length of Charles Dickens' novels. Great Expectations is one of the most accessible of his works. If you've been unwilling to try Dickens before, this is the place to start! In what may be Dickens's best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman - and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781428108462
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Edition description: Unabridged, 14 CDs, 15 hrs. 45 min.
Sales rank: 411,784
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.99(d)

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

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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Chapter I.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text
Charles Dickens: A Brief Chronology

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

  • Volume I
  • Volume II
  • Volume III

Explanatory Notes

Appendices: Contemporary Documents

Appendix A. The Composition of the Novel

  1. Dickens’s Working Memoranda
  2. Dickens’s Letters

Appendix B. Contemporary Responses to the Novel

  1. Athenaeum (13 July 1861)
  2. Examiner (20 July 1861)
  3. Saturday Review (20 July 1861)
  4. Atlantic Monday (September 1861)
  5. The Times (17 October 1861)
  6. British Quarterly Review (January 1862)
  7. Rambler (January 1862)
  8. Blackwood’s Magazine (May 1862)
  9. Temple Bar (September 1862)

Appendix C. On Class and Language

  1. Charles Dickens, “Hard Experiences in Boyhood” in John Forster, The Life of Charles Dickens (1872-74)
  2. Charles Dickens, “Travelling Abroad” The Uncommercial Traveller (1861)
  3. Alexis deTocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1856)
  4. Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, “Gentlemen” Cornhill Magazine (1862)
  5. William Sewell, “Gentlemanly Manners” Sermons to Boys at Radley School (1854-69)
  6. John Ruskin, “Of Vulgarity,” Modern Painters (1860)
  7. J.H. Newman, “Liberal Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Religion,” The Scope and Nature of University Education (1859)
  8. Thomas Carlyle, “Labour,” Past and Present (1843)
  9. Samuel Smiles, “Character: The True Gentleman,” Self Help (1859)
  10. Mrs. Craik, John Halifax, Gentleman (1856)
  11. Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857)
  12. Reports on the State of Popular Education in England (1861)

Appendix D. On Crime & Punishment

  1. Mrs. Trimmer, The Charity School Spelling Book (1818)
  2. Charles Dickens, “Criminal Courts,” Sketches by Boz (1839)
  3. Charles Dickens, “A Visit to Newgate,” Sketches by Boz (1839)
  4. Report from the Select Committee on Transportation (1838)
  5. Henry Savery, Quintus Servinton (1830-31)
  6. Marcus Clarke, His Natural Life (1870-72)
  7. “The Autobiography of a Convict,” The Voices of Our Exiles (1854)
  8. John Binny, “Thieves and Swindlers,” in London Labour and the London Poor (1861)
  9. Thomas Carlyle, Model Prisons (1850)
  10. Thomas Beard, “A Dialogue Concerning Convicts,” All the Year Round (1861)
  11. 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 friends—I 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

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