This Norton Critical Edition, edited by the pioneer of Great
Expectations scholarship, presents the most thorough textual edition of
the novel (1861) available.
The newly established text is based on all
extant materials and is accompanied by several textual essays.
"Backgrounds" provides readers with an understanding of Great
Expectations's inception and internal chronology. A discussion of the
public-reading version of the novel is also included. A wonderfully
rich "Contexts" section collects thirteen pieces, centering on the
novel’s major themes: the link between author and hero and, relatedly,
Victorian notions of gentility, snobbishness, and social mobility; the
often brutal training, at home and at school, of children born around
1800; and the central issues of crime and punishment.
"Criticism" gathers twenty-two assessments of Great Expectations, both
contemporary and modern, which offer a range of perspectives on Dickens
and his novel.
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