No other novel in the English language so epitomizes upward mobility, the rise from poverty to wealth, as Great Expectations. Often considered to be one of Dickens's best novels, it tells the story of young Pip who is mysteriously helped by two people: escaped convict Magwitch and the eccentric dowager Miss Havisham. Here is storytelling at its best, alive with bigger-than-life characters, plot twists that turn on a dime, and scenes that burst off the page with color.
(1821-1870) used his fiction to criticize the injustices of his time, especially the brutal treatment of the poor. He is also the author of Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities,
and Great Expectations.
He was born in Portsmouth, England.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game
, The Headless Cupid
, and The Witches of Worm
, all Newbery Honor Books. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby
, The Bronze Pen
, William S. and the Great Escape
, and William’s Midsummer Dreams
. She lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her at ZKSnyder.com
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