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Great Expectations (Hardcover)

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    Pip doesn't expect much from life...

    His sister makes it clear that her orphaned little brother is nothing but a burden on her. But suddenly things begin to change. Pip's narrow existence is blown apart when he finds an escaped crimina......more

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Pip doesn't expect much from life...

His sister makes it clear that her orphaned little brother is nothing but a burden on her. But suddenly things begin to change. Pip's narrow existence is blown apart when he finds an escaped criminal, is summoned to visit a mysterious old woman and meets the icy beauty Estella. Most astoundingly of all, an anonymous person gives him money to begin a new life in London.

Are these events as random as they seem? Or does Pip's fate hang on a series of coincidences he could never have expected?

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.


Charlotte Mitchell is lecturer in English at University College London.


Charlotte Mitchell is lecturer in English at University College London.

Author:
Dickens, Charles
Genre:
FICTION / Classics
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
514
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
10/27/2009
ISBN:
9780141040363
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
1.75 in
Unit weight:
1.5 lb
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