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The Companion to Great Expectations

David Paroissien

Published by Greenwood Press
ISBN 10: 031331800X / ISBN 13: 9780313318009
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Title: The Companion to Great Expectations

Publisher: Greenwood Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Hardcover. 528 pages. Dimensions: 9.7in. x 6.4in. x 1.6in.Dickens 13th novel has remained pre-eminent among readers for good reasons. Great ExpectationS and Lt;i (published originally as a weekly serial from 1860 to 1861) has an attractive yet flawed first-person narrator. The plot moves forward with compelling momentum, fueled by mystery, romance, and reversals, and graced with an artistry many consider Dickens most nearly perfect literary achievement. This new reference companion sets out to recover and illuminate the Victorian culture and allusive verbal worlds that inform the novel. How distinctive are the storys temporal and topographical settings How carefully has Dickens integrated Pips life story with the embedded histories of a mad, jilted spinster, a beautiful orphan girl, an unscrupulous con man, a fierce yet tender convict and a brilliant criminal lawyer What relevance does the then of Pips childhood and the noW when he relates the story of his evolution into a gentlemen have to the revised, controversial ending Dickens adopted on the advice of a fellow novelistDavid Paroissien draws on a range of 19th-century sources to illuminate the late Georgian and mid-Victorian contexts of Dickens novel: the brutal punishments that characterized Hanoverian Englands legal system; the transportation of felons and their rough lives in Australias first penal colony; the social mobility a public school education conferred on a swindler and forger; the struggle to gain the desired status of gentleman among brewers, bakers, and a raw young blacksmith; and the changing face of early 19th century London, with its Inns of Chancery and Inns of Court, the vibrant life on the Thames; and the rivers lower, deserted reaches, bound by mists, marshes, and tidal flats, which serve as background for the novels brilliantly menacing opening. The volume provides the most comprehensive annotation of Great Expectations. The annotations identify allusions to current events and intellectual and religious issues, and supplies information on topography, social customs, costume, furniture, transportation, and so on. Identifications are provided for allusions to plays, poems, songs, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and other literary sources. Elements of Dickens plots, characterization, and style which are influenced by the works of other writers are also identified. This is indicated when an aspect of the text can be shown to have been influenced by Dickens own experience. The work of Dickens illustrators is also discussed. Finally, although the volume does not attempt the work of a modern scholarly edition, material from Dickens manuscripts and proofs is included when it is of major significance. An indispensable reference tool for all scholars and students of Dickens pre-eminent novel. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780313318009

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Review: .,."the Companion to Great Expectations will remain a landmark study for students of the novel, for many years to come. We shall have to make sure we know what it says on any given topic, and familarize oursevles with the formidable research behind what it says, before venturing to disagree."-Dickens Quarterly

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