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Publication Date: 1998
An orphan living with his older sister and her kindly husband, Pip is hired by wealthy and embittered Miss Havisham as a companion for her and her beautiful adopted daughter, Estella. His years in service to the Havishams fill his heart with the desire to rise above his station in life. Pips wish is fulfilled when a mysterious benefactor provides him with "great expectations"the means to be tutored as a gentleman.
Thrust into Londons high-society circles, Pip grows accustomed to a life of leisure, only to find himself lacking as a suitor competing for Estellas favor. After callously discarding everything he once valued for his own selfish pursuits, Pip learns the identity of his patrona revelation that shatters his very soul.
With an Introduction by Stanley Weintraub
and an Afterword by Annabel Davis-Goff
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, and spent most of his life in London. When he was twelve, his father was sent to debtors prison and he was forced to work in a boot polish factory, an experience that marked him for life. He became a passionate advocate of social reform and the most popular writer of the Victorian era.
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