Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel; a bildungsroman that depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens' second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.

The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to mid-19th century and contains some of Dickens' most memorable scenes, including the opening in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is full of extreme imagery--poverty, prison ships and chains, and fights to the death--and has a colourful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. These include the eccentric Miss Havisham, the beautiful but cold Estella, and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Great Expectations, which is popular both with readers and literary critics, has been translated into many languages and adapted numerous times into various media.

Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. Although Dickens' contemporary Thomas Carlyle referred to it disparagingly as that "Pip nonsense," he nevertheless reacted to each fresh instalment with "roars of laughter." Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel, as "All of one piece and consistently truthful." During the serial publication, Dickens was pleased with public response to Great Expectations and its sales; when the plot first formed in his mind, he called it "a very fine, new and grotesque idea."
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    Charles John Huffam Dickens è stato uno scrittore, giornalista e reporter di viaggio britannico. Nacque a Portsmouth nel 1812 ma si trasferì ben presto a Londra dove visse fino alla sua morte, nel 1870. I nonni paterni erano stati domestici presso famiglie della nobiltà; il nonno materno, colpevole di appropriazione indebita, s’era sottratto all’arresto con la fuga. Nel 1824 il padre, un modesto impiegato con gusti e abitudini superiori alle sue possibilità, fu rinchiuso per debiti nelle carceri londinesi di Marshalsea e il piccolo Charles, interrotti gli studi, venne messo a lavorare per sei mesi in una fabbrica di lucido per scarpe. Questa precoce esperienza di miseria, umiliazione e abbandono (anche dopo la scarcerazione del padre, la madre aveva... Approfondisci
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