‘It was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.’
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 changes the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentelman. Dicken’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his ‘great expectations.’
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 Dicken’s original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.
Softcover, 380 pages.