Penguin Classics e-books give you the best possible editions of
Charles Dickens's novels, including all the original illustrations,
useful and informative introductions, the definitive, accurate text
as it was meant to be published, a chronology of Dickens's life and
notes that fill in the background to the book. This Penguin
Classics edition of Great Expectations also includes
Dickens's alternative ending to the 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 orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly
abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.
Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and
development through adversity as he discovers thetrue nature of his