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In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a  tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a  shivering, limping convict on the run. Years  later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach  to London where, by the grace of a mysterious  benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle rich  and "become a gentleman." Finally, in the  luminous mists of the village at evening, Pip the  man meets Estella, his dazzingly beautiful  tormentor, in a ruined garden--and lays to rest all the  heartaches and illusions that his "great  expectations" have brought upon him. Dickens's  biographer, Edgar H. Johnson, has said that--except  for the author's last-minute tampering with his  original ending--Great Expectations  is "the most perfectly constructed and  perfectly written of all Dickens's works." In John  Irving's Introduction to this edition, the  novelist takes the view that Dickens's revised ending is  "far more that mirror of the quality of trust in  the novel as a whole." Both versions of the  ending are printed here.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553897623
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Fiction
Introduction:
Irving, John
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fiction-Classics
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1981
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
458

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"Synopsis" by , When a mysterious benefactor enables the orphan boy Pip to rise to the heights of Victorian society, Pip is educated as a gentleman and snobbishly neglects his childhood friends, in a new edition of the classic novel, featuring an introduction by novelist John Irving. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England, where his father was a naval pay clerk. When he was five the family moved to Chatham, near Rochester, another port town. He received some education at a small private school but this was curtailed when his father's fortunes declined. More significant was his childhood reading, which he evoked in a memory of his father's library: 'From that blessed little room, Roderick Random, Peregrine Pickle, Humphrey Clinker, Tom Jones, The Vicar of Wakefield, Don Quixote, Gil Blas and Robinson Crusoe came out, a glorious host, to keep me company. They kept alive my fancy, and my hope of something beyond that place and time.'

When Dickens was ten the family moved to Camden Town, and this proved the beginning of a long, difficult period. (He wrote later of his coach journey, alone, to join his family at the new lodgings: 'I consumed my sandwiches in solitude and dreariness, and it rained hard all the way, and I thought lif

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