'It was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before meï¿½ 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 ï¿½ these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pipï¿½ s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.
Dickensï¿½ s haunting late novel depicts Pipï¿½ s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his ï¿½ great expectationsï¿½ .This definitive edition uses the text from the first published edition of 1861.
It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickensï¿½ s original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/11/2002
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141439563