Great Expectations

150th Anniversary Edition

Charles Dickens - Author

Stanley Weintraub - Editor

Stanley Weintraub - Introduction by

Annabel Davis-Goff - Afterword by

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ISBN 9781101213025 | 528 pages | 01 Apr 1998 | Signet Classic | 18 - AND UP
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Great Expectations tells the unforgettable story of the orphan Pip and his coming of age with the help of a mysterious benefactor. It is at once an expertly crafted novel and a profound reappraisal of the Victorian middle class and its values.

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