A coming of age story, Great Expectations follows the journey of an orphan named Pip as he struggles to become a gentleman.
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 orphan Pip’s life forever, as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens’s haunting novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his great expectations. (from the publisher)
This definitive version uses the text from the first published edition of 1861. It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickens’s original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.
Considered one of the greatest works of Charles Dickens, this novel includes several elements of the Gothic novel as Pip travels on his journey. It is one of the works that Literature 201 students can select to read during the year.