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Great Expectations Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Dickens, Charles, Mitchell, Charlotte, Trotter, David (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0141439564     ISBN-13: 9780141439563
Publisher: Penguin Classics
    OUR PRICE: $9.90  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2003
Annotation: "Great Expectations" is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mastery and a profound examination of moral values. Here, some of Dickens's most memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shaped Dickens's searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Man-woman relationships; Fiction.
Ex-convicts; Fiction.
Benefactors; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Classics
- Fiction | Literary
Dewey: 823/.8
LCCN: 2003277030
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Penguin Classics
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 560 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 707
Reading Level: 9.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 35.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q04702
Reading Level: 10.0   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 38.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London.

Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.