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Great Expectations


Great Expectations Quotes by Charles Dickens

Three of Charles Dickens great great great grandchildren, siblings Tom Dickens 15, Lydia Dickens 14 and Oliver Dickens 9 take a selfie with their ancestor's new statue in Portsmouth today

Dickens felt Great Expectations was his best work. Great Expectations has a colourful cast that has entered popular culture: the capricious Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Joe the kind and generous blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, Mr Jaggers, Wemmick with his dual personality, and the eloquent and wise friend, Herbert Pocket. Throughout the narrative, typical Dickensian themes emerge: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Great Expectations has become very popular and is now taught as a classic in many English classes. It has been translated into many languages and adapted many times in film and other media.

BBC - History - Charles Dickens

Title: Great Expectations (Dickens Greatest)
Author(s): Charles Dickens
ISBN: 1-5027-6406-7 / 978-1-5027-6406-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Charles Dickens - Biography and Works

Dickens originally intended Great Expectations to be twice as long, but constraints imposed by the management of All the Year Round limited the novel's length. Collected and dense, with a conciseness unusual for Dickens, the novel represents Dickens's peak and maturity as an author. According to G. K. Chesterton, Dickens penned Great Expectations in "the afternoon of his life and fame."

The Mystery of Edwin Drood might have been my favorite if Dickens had lived to complete. I read it in denial, knowing it was going to end only half finished, and yet hoping against all hope to see the mystery revealed. Dickens greatly admired Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White, and here he was about to outdo Collins, no mean achievement considering The Woman in White is one of the greatest mysteries every written.