Great Expectations: the Original 1860 Edition

By (author)Charles Dickens

Experience the unforgettable journey of Pip, an orphan navigating 19th century Kent and London in Charles Dickens’ celebrated coming-of-age story, “Great Expectations”. Filled with rich imagery and colorful characters like the eccentric Miss Havisham and the kind-hearted blacksmith, Joe, this timeless classic explores themes of wealth, poverty, love, and triumph over evil, captivating readers and critics alike. Get lost in the pages of this literary masterpiece that has been translated into multiple languages and adapted across various media.


Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel. It depicts the education of an orphan nicknamed Pip (the book is a bildungsroman; a coming-of-age story). 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’s 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’s most celebrated scenes, starting 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, popular with readers and literary critics, has been translated into many languages and adapted numerous times into various media.