Great Expectations  -     By: Charles Dickens
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Great Expectations

Penguin Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Powerful and haunting, Great Expectations is a foundational work in Western literature and one of Dickens' finest stories. Miss Havisham, a jilted bride who continues to live in her wedding dress while her wedding feast moulders on the table, has set up an arrangement where she's raising her adopted daughter Estella to break the heart of young Pip.

While working as a blacksmith apprentice for Joe, a solicitor informs Pip that he's come into means, transforming him into a man of Great Expectations. Assuming that it's from Miss Havisham to enable him to marry Estella, he goes to London to seek his fortune. Pip's assumptions however, are unfounded, and he's about to encounter some other characters from both his and Estella's past.

This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition luxury volume features French flaps, rough front, and the world-class notes, introductions, and literary and educational extras for which the Penguin Classics are known. 480 pages. Cover illustration by Richard Sala. Introduction by Francine Prose.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 0143106279
ISBN-13: 9780143106272
Availability: In Stock
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

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A graphic deluxe edition to mark the 150th anniversary of Dickens's most well-loved novel 

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor-these form a series of events that change the orphan Pip's life forever, as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his great expectations. Published nine years before Dickens's death, it remains one of his most celebrated works.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author Bio

Charles Dickens (1812-1870), one of the most important contributors to the canon of English literature, wrote such classics as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and David Copperfield.

Francine Prose
is the author of more than twenty books, including the novel Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction bestseller Reading Like a Writer. A former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is currently a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard College.

Richard Sala is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist, creator of the critically acclaimed Evil Eye series, Invisible Hands, and The Chuckling Whatsit. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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