A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books, or through a reader's personal opinion. Although the term is often associated with the Western canon, it can be applied to works of literature from all traditions, such as the Chinese classics or the Indian Vedas. In 1850, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804–1869) stated his answer to the question "What is a Classic?" ("Qu'est-ce qu'un classique?") The idea of a classic implies something that has continuance and consistence, and which produces unity and tradition, fashions and transmits itself, and endures…. A true classic, as I should like to hear it defined, is an author who has enriched the human mind, increased its treasure, and caused it to advance a step; who has discovered some moral and not equivocal truth, or revealed some eternal passion in that heart where all seemed known and discovered; who has expressed his thought, observation, or invention, in no matter what form, only provided it be broad and great, refined and sensible, sane and beautiful in itself; who has spoken to all in his own peculiar style, a style which is found to be also that of the whole world, a style new without neologism, new and old, easily contemporary with all time.

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Brave New World

By: Aldous Huxley

Price: $14.95

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2011

Edition: Vintage Classics

Seller ID: 9780099518471

ISBN: 0099518473

Condition: New


'The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient... Looking at our present trajectory we are on the way to Brave New World' Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus `A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it' Margaret Atwood A grave warning... Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling' Observer 'What Aldous Huxley presented as fiction with the human hatcheries of Brave New World has become fact. The consequences are profound and, if we don't get it right, deeply disturbing' John Humphries, Sun... View more info

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Brave New World : Special 3D Edition

By: Aldous Huxley

Price: $14.95

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2014

Edition: Special 3D Edition

Seller ID: 9781784870140

ISBN: 1784870145

Condition: New


Extra-special futuristic 3D edition! Each book comes with 3D glasses! 'One of the most important books to have been published since the war' Daily Telegraph. WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAW. Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still contin... View more info

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Island

By: Aldous Huxley

Price: $14.99

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2005

Edition: 3D Cover

Seller ID: 9780099477778

ISBN: 0099477777

Condition: New


Read and loved Brave New World? Now experience Aldous Huxley's utopia. Special 3D cover edition - every copy comes with 3D glasses. For over a hundred years the Pacific island of Pala has been the scene of a unique experiment in civilisation. Its inhabitants live in a society where western science has been brought together with Eastern philosophy to create a paradise on earth. When cynical journalist, Will Farnaby, arrives to research potential oil reserves on Pala, he quickly falls in love with the way of life on the island. Soon the need to complete his mission becomes an intolerable burden... View more info

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich [Popular Penguins]

By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Price: $12.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2009

Edition: Popular Penguins

Seller ID: 9780141045351

ISBN: 0141045353

Condition: New


This brutal glimpse of Russia under Stalin shocked the world when it first appeared. Discover the importance of a piece of bread or an extra bowl of soup, the incredible luxury of a book, the ingenious possibilities of a nail, a piece of string or a single match in a time where survival is all. Enter a world of incarceration - and participate in the struggle of men to survive both the terrible rigours of nature and the inhumanity of the system that defines their conditions of life. About the Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in 1918 and grew up in Rostov-on-Don. He graduated in physics ... View more info

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich [Penguin Modern Classics]

By: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Price: $16.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2015

Edition: Penguin Modern Classics

Seller ID: 9780141184746

ISBN: 0141184744

Condition: New


Bringing into harsh focus the daily struggle for existence in a Soviet gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is translated by Ralph Parker in Penguin Modern Classics. This brutal, shattering glimpse of the fate of millions of Russians under Stalin shook Russia and shocked the world when it first appeared. Discover the importance of a piece of bread or an extra bowl of soup, the incredible luxury of a book, the ingenious possibilities of a nail, a piece of string or a single match in a world where survival is all. Here safety, warmth and food are the first ob... View more info

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The Count of Monte Cristo

By: Alexandre Dumas

Price: $7.99

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth: 1997

Edition: Wordsworth Classics

Seller ID: 9781853267338

ISBN: 1853267333

Condition: New


The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Edmund Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate. This title includes an introduction and notes by Keith Wren, University of Kent at Canterbury. The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate. The sensational ... View more info

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Go Ask Alice

By: Anonymous

Price: $19.95

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2018

Seller ID: 9781784873172

ISBN: 1784873179

Condition: New


Have you ever kept a diary? This is the diary of a young girl growing up in sixties America - an honest account of teenage life. But as well as discovering new friends, dating and going to parties, the author of this diary discovers something else- drugs. It is the era of free love and experimentation with mind-bending substances. And one thing leads to another. This book was first published several decades ago as the shocking real diary of a young woman. Whether it is fact or fiction is up to you to decide. BACKSTORY- Read the fascinating story of this mysterious book's first publicatio... View more info

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A Clockwork Orange : Restored Edition

By: Anthony Burgess

Price: $19.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2013

Edition: Penguin Classics

Seller ID: 9780141197531

ISBN: 0141197536

Condition: New


Fully restored edition of Anthony Burgess' original text of A Clockwork Orange, with a glossary of the teen slang 'Nadsat', explanatory notes, pages from the original typescript, interviews, articles and reviews Edited by Andrew Biswell With a Foreword by Martin Amis 'It is a horrorshow story ...' Fifteen-year-old Alex likes lashings of ultraviolence. He and his gang of friends rob, kill and rape their way through a nightmarish future, until the State puts a stop to his riotous excesses. But what will his re-education mean? A dystopian horror, a black comedy, an exploration of choi... View more info

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Clockwork Orange

By: Anthony Burgess

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Australia, Penguin: 2008

Edition: Popular Penguins

Seller ID: 9780141037226

ISBN: 0141037229

Condition: New


Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange is the shocking seminal novel that spawned one of the most notorious films ever made. Fifteen-year-old Alex and his thrill-seeking gang regularly indulge in ultra-violence, rape and drugs, but when he is caught and brainwashed by a government psychologist Alex finds his new law-abiding life unbearable. Set in a terrifying dystopian future, A Clockwork Orange is a disturbing exploration of morality and free will. About the Author: Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917 and studied English at the university there. He was drafted into the army upon gr... View more info

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A Clockwork Orange

By: Anthony Burgess

Price: $16.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2011

Edition: Modern Classics

Seller ID: 9780141182605

ISBN: 0141182601

Condition: New


In this nightmare vision of a not-too-distant future, fifteen-year-old Alex and his three friends rob, rape, torture and murder - for fun. Alex is jailed for his vicious crimes and the State undertakes to reform him - but how and at what cost? About the Author: Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He served in the army from 1940 to 1954 before becoming a colonial education officer. It was while he held this post that doctors told him he would die, and he decided to try to live by writing. He achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the leading novelists of his day, and one of t... View more info

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $14.95

Publisher: USA, Barnes & Noble: 2013

Seller ID: 001619

ISBN: 1435136403

Condition: New


Handsomely produced in hardcover at a very affordable price, Barnes & Noble Signature Editions have been carefully edited and reset in a modern design for greater readability. Each volume includes an introduction, informative notes and a chronology of the writer's life and times to enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding of these enduring works. About the Author Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were ma... View more info

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 2

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $14.95

Publisher: USA, Barnes & Noble: 2013

Seller ID: 001620

ISBN: 1435137396

Condition: New


Handsomely produced in hardcover at a very affordable price, Barnes & Noble Signature Editions have been carefully edited and reset in a modern design for greater readability. Each volume includes an introduction, informative notes and a chronology of the writer's life and times to enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding of these enduring works. About the Author Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were ma... View more info

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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $39.95

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth Editions: 2008

Seller ID: 002873

ISBN: 1840220767

Condition: New


It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in 'A Study in Scarlet'. From 1891, beginning with 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson. The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Hol... View more info

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Leatherbound Classic Collection

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $49.95

Publisher: USA, Barnes & Noble: 2015

Seller ID: 004038

ISBN: 1435158105

Condition: New


A master of deductive reasoning who can solve the most difficult crimes by spotting obscure clues overlooked by others, dilettante sleuth Sherlock Holmes was the hero of sixty stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927. He even rose from the dead after Doyle tried to dispatch him in his twenty-fourth adventure, and readers protested. Here, in one volume, are all four full-length novels and fifty-six short stories about the colourful adventures of Sherlock Holmes- every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Baker Street's most famous resident. Also included is an int... View more info

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Anthem

By: Ayn Rand

Price: $13.95

Publisher: USA, Signet: 2011

Edition: 50

Seller ID: 9780451191137

ISBN: 0451191137

Condition: New


Anthem is Ayn Rand's classic tale of a dystopian future of the great "We"--a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence--that anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. They existed only to serve the state. They were conceived in controlled Palaces of Mating. They died in the Home of the Useless. From cradle to grave, the crowd was one--the great WE. In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world, he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an ... View more info

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Atlas Shrugged

By: Ayn Rand

Price: $16.95

Publisher: USA, Signet: 1997

Edition: 35

Seller ID: 9780451191144

ISBN: 0451191145

Condition: New


Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy...to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for ... View more info

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Anthem

By: Ayn Rand

Price: $5.99

Publisher: USA, Dover: 2014

Edition: Dover Thrift Editions

Seller ID: 9780486492773

ISBN: 048649277X

Condition: New


Hailed by The New York Times as "a compelling dystopian look at paranoia from one of the most unique and perceptive writers of our time," this brief, captivating novel offers a cautionary tale. The story unfolds within a society in which all traces of individualism have been eliminated from every aspect of life use of the word "I" is a capital offense. The hero, a rebel who discovers that man's greatest moral duty is the pursuit of his own happiness, embodies the values the author embraced in her personal philosophy of objectivism: reason, ethics, volition, and individualism. Anthem anticipate... View more info

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

By: Baroness Orczy

Price: $22.95

Publisher: UK, Hodder: 2005

Seller ID: 9780340894989

ISBN: 0340894989

Condition: New


The Terror has begun. Paris, 1792. Each day scores of the French nobility feed the guillotine. They are trapped in the capital. There is no escape. But rumours whisper of a league of young English gentleman of unparalleled daring who are risking their lives to spirit aristocrats across the Channel. They leave no trace behind them except a note from the Scarlet Pimpernel . The ruthless spy master Chauvelin is determined to stop the rescuers by fair means or foul, and, desperately outnumbered, the Scarlet Pimpernel and his men must use all their wits to evade capture and stay alive. About the A... View more info

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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Collins Classics)

By: Baroness Orczy

Price: $9.99

Publisher: UK, Collins: 2019

Seller ID: 9780008278762

ISBN: 0008278768

Condition: New


HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. “Vaguely she began to wonder … which of these worldly men round her was the mysterious ‘Scarlet Pimpernel,' who held the threads of such daring plots, and the fate of valuable lives in his hands.”In the early days of the bloody French Revolution, fleeing aristocrats are being captured and sent to the guillotine. But the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel – along with his band of English gentlemen – is outwitting the revolutionaries. Known only by his calling card, he arrives in disguise and smuggles... View more info

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Dracula

By: Bram Stoker

Price: $6.95

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth Editions: 1993

Seller ID: 003992

ISBN: 185326086X

Condition: New


Introduction and Notes by Dr David Rogers, Kingston University. "There he lay looking as if youth had been half-renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey, the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck. Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst the swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he ... View more info

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The Power Of One [Popular Penguins]

By: Bryce Courtenay

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Australia, Penguin: 2010

Seller ID: 9780143204794

ISBN: 0143204793

Condition: New


First with your head and then with your heart . . . To Peekay, a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world, this is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout his life. Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice. Bryce Courtenay's classic bestseller is a story of the triumph of the human spirit - a spellbinding tale for all ages. brycecourtenay.com facebook.com/BryceCour... View more info

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Bleak House

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $7.99

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth Editions: 1997

Edition: Wordsworth Classics

Seller ID: 9781853260827

ISBN: 1853260827

Condition: New


With an Introduction and Notes by Doreen Roberts, University of Kent at Canterbury. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). Bleak House is one of Dickens' finest achievements, establishing his reputation as a serious and mature novelist, as well as a brilliant comic writer. It is at once a complex mystery story that fully engages the reader in the work of detection, and an unforgettable indictment of an indifferent society. Its representations of a great city's underworld, and of the law's corruption and delay, draw upon the author's personal knowledge and experience. But it is his symbolic ... View more info

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Great Expectations [Collins Classics]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $5.99

Publisher: UK, Harper Collins: 2010

Edition: Collins Classics

Seller ID: 9780007350872

ISBN: 0007350872

Condition: New


HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.' Living with his sister and her husband, Pip is an orphan without any expectations. It is only when he begins to visit a rich old woman, Miss Havisham and her adopted niece that he begins to hope for something better. When it is revealed that Pip has inherited a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor on the condition that he moves to London to become a gentleman, Pip's adventure really begins. Epic, illuminating and memorab... View more info

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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books [Oxford World's Classics]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $20.95

Publisher: UK, Oxford University Press: 2008

Edition: World's Classics

Seller ID: 9780199536306

ISBN: 0199536309

Condition: New


'What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?' Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This edition reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. A... View more info

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A Christmas Carol [Collins Classics]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $5.99

Publisher: UK, William Collins: 2013

Edition: Collins Classics

Seller ID: 9780007350865

ISBN: 0007350864

Condition: New


'I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,' said the Spirit. 'Look upon me!'A celebration of Christmas, a tale of redemption and a critique on Victorian society, Dickens' atmospheric novella follows the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge who views Christmas as 'humbug'. It is only through a series of eerie, life-changing visits from the ghost of his deceased business partner Marley and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future that he begins to see the error of his ways. With heart-rending characters, rich imagery and evocative language, the message of A Christmas Carol remains as sig... View more info

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A Christmas Carol [Dover Thrift Editions]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $5.99

Publisher: USA, Dover: 1991

Edition: Dover Thrift Edition

Seller ID: 9780486268651

ISBN: 0486268659

Condition: New


In October 1843, Charles Dickens ? heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ? began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill. With its characters exhibiting many qualities ? as well as failures ? often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates ... View more info

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David Copperfield

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $7.99

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth: 1995

Edition: Wordsworth Classics

Seller ID: 9781853260247

ISBN: 185326024X

Condition: New


Introduction and Notes by Dr Adrienne Gavin, Canterbury Christ Church University College. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). Dickens wrote of 'David Copperfield': "Of all my books I like this the best". Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author's own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classic, possibly because of its autobiographical form. Following the life of David through many sufferings and great adversity, the reader will also find many light-hearted moments in the company of a host of English fiction's greatest stars including ... View more info

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A Christmas Carol and Other Stories

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $12.95

Publisher: UK, Worth Press: 2013

Seller ID: 9781849310802

ISBN: 1849310807

Condition: New


A Christmas Carol is the most celebrated of the Christmas books written by Charles Dickens between 1843 and 1848. The story tells how Mr Scrooge is cured by a series of ghostly visits of his anti-Christmas attitudes and brought to a proper understanding of the meaning of Christmas. The other stories in this volume are Chimes,The Cricket on the Hearth,The Seven Travellers and three ghostly tales - The Signalman, The Lawyer and the Ghost and A Madman's Manuscript - which, thanks to Dickens’s love of gothic horror will make the hairs stand on the back of your neck and should on no account be... View more info

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A Christmas Carol [includes The Chimes and The Haunted Man]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $14.95

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2011

Seller ID: 9780099529736

ISBN: 0099529734

Condition: New


Read the ultimate Christmas story of hope and redemption behind the recent BBC TV adaptation Ebenezer Scrooge despises Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in money. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him some bitter truths about his choices. Discover Dickens's most influential book and one of the world's favourite Christmas reads. INCLUDES 'THE CHIMES' AND 'THE HAUNTED MAN' View more info

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Great Expectations : Norton Critical Editions

By: Charles Dickens and Edgar Rosenberg

Price: $33.95

Publisher: USA, W. W. Norton and Company: 1999

Seller ID: 9780393960693

ISBN: 0393960692

Condition: New


This Norton Critical Edition, edited by Edgar Rosenberg, 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 auth... View more info