Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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No home library is complete without the classics! Great Expectations is a keepsake to be read and treasured.

One of the most popular novelists ever, Charles Dickens wrote about what he saw in 19th century London: orphans, child labor, and the crime that was rampant in the city at the time. In the 1861 bestseller Great Expectations, he wove all of these themes into a tale of mystery and personal development. The story of a young orphan boy—poor and alone, but whisked away to London by a anonymous benefactor—is a fantastic tale, complete with plot twists and a love story that puts many modern novels to shame. To this day, Great Expectations remains one of Dickens’s greatest achievements. Now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, the novel is a must-have addition to the libraries of all classic literature lovers.

 

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Classic works of literature with a clean, modern aesthetic! Perfect for both old and new literature fans, the Word Cloud Classics series from Canterbury Classics provides a chic and inexpensive introduction to timeless tales. With a higher production value, including heat burnished covers and foil stamping, these eye-catching, easy-to-hold editions are the perfect gift for students and fans of literature everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491586167
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens is one of the most popular literary authors of all time. After a very tumultuous childhood, Dickens finally succeeded in getting his first story in a London periodical. As the number of his published works increased, so did his fame. Although he died in 1870, Dickens works are some of the most famous written works in the English language.

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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