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GREAT EXPECTATIONS
BY
CHARLES DICKENS

An enriched online guide to the classic novel

 

Great Expectations is the moving story of the orphan Pip, whose world is changed forever after a chance encounter with a convict on the Kent marshes. Pip’s journey through life and his unexpected rise to gentlemanly status form the central plot of one of Dickens' most deeply personal works.

Video interviews and features, interactive maps and walking tours, study aids, illustrations and games offer readers a new and exciting way to explore the world of one of Dickens' best-loved novels.

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The Book
Each chapter comes crammed with related videos, articles, maps and study guides


Chapter One
An encounter in the graveyard
Chapter Two
Brought up by hand
Chapter Three
Pip delivers
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    The Background

   
Readers' Choice
See what additional features other readers are enjoying


Dickens' Kent

The landscape that inspired his writing


Newgate Prison

The misery of convict life in Victorian London


Symbolism in Great Expectations
How Dickens uses symbolic imagery to comment indirectly
 


 


Featured Content


Make 'em Laugh...
Make 'em Cry... Make 'em Wait... - The serial novelist's motto

Dickens' Home at Gadshill
Dr. Jeremy Clarke discusses Dickens' home and habits

Saint James' church
The inspiration behind the novel's opening scene

Pip in the Guildhall
Dr. Jeremy Clarke visits the Rochester Guildhall

Atlantic Monthly Review
Original Review of Great Expectations in 1861

Hamlet Playbill 1838
An original playbill from Mr Wopsle's days as an actor

Beggar My Neighbour
The Rules of Miss Havisham's Game

E.W. Haslehust
Watercolours of Dickensian Kent

Original Illustrations
Just some of the illustrations from various editions of the novel

A Theatrical News Story
The 1831 Kent Tragedy

Life on Prison Hulks
Dr. Jeremy Clarke talks about the Victorian prisoners awaiting transportation

A Social Commentary
Dr Matthew Rubery on fiction and Victorian society

Perfect for Children...?
The Gruesome Crimes of the Newgate Calendar