One of Charles Dickens's most fascinating novels, Great
Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a
childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor
offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman.
From the Hardcover edition.
From the young Pip's first terrifying encounter with the convict
Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set
pieces in Miss Havisham's mansion to the magnificently realized
boat chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled
with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly
Written in 1860, at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the
novelist's bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our
deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and
This edition includes Dickens's original, discarded conclusion to
the novel, the 1907 Everyman preface by G. K. Chesterton, and
twenty illustrations by F. W. Pailthorpe.
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)