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Great Expectations (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Mass market paperbound - 2003 - 2003rd Edition

by Charles Dickens; Introduction by Radhika Jones; Notes by Radhika Jones


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Great Expectations is a classic novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1861. It tells the story of Pip, a young orphan boy brought up by his abusive sister and her blacksmith husband in rural England. Pip dreams of becoming a gentleman and escaping poverty, but his life takes a dramatic turn when he receives a large fortune from an anonymous benefactor. As he rises in society, he becomes involved with a host of colorful characters, including the eccentric Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, and learns valuable lessons about love, loyalty, and the true meaning of happiness. The novel is considered one of Dickens' greatest works and a masterpiece of English literature.

Summary

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 orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers thetrue nature of his 'great expectations'.

First Edition Identification

Great Expectations by Dickens was first published on 6 July 1861 in London by Chapman and Hall. It is considered not only the rarest and most valuable of Dickens's works, but arguably his greatest. Copies in the original cloth are particularly desirable.

Published in 3 volumes, the first edition of Great Expectations has the original publisher’s violet wavy-grain cloth binding with floral decoration in blind on covers and spines lettered in gilt.

Five impressions of the first edition were printed, each of the latter four with a new edition statement on the title page.

The first edition first issue of Great Expectations’ rarity has been attributed to the probable small binding-up of copies with the first title page, coupled with the fact that the first edition was almost entirely taken up by the libraries.


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  • Title Great Expectations (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
  • Author Charles Dickens; Introduction by Radhika Jones; Notes by Radhika Jones
  • Binding Mass Market Paperbound
  • Edition number 2003rd
  • Edition 2003
  • Pages 592
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Barnes & Noble Classics, New York
  • Date April 1, 2003
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9781593080068 / 1593080069
  • Weight 0.74 lbs (0.34 kg)
  • Dimensions 6.75 x 4.13 x 1.48 in (17.15 x 10.49 x 3.76 cm)
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2003100461
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC
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