"Great Expectations revolves around the life of an orphan nicknamed Pip. The novel,
set in the 19th centur y, traces the psychological growth of Pip in three stages:
his childhood in the marshes of Kent, his journey from the rural environs to the
London metropolis, and finally his reluctant reconciliation with the vanity of false
promises and values.
The cast includes the cold yet ethereal Estella, the kind-hearted blacksmith Joe,
the ‘pale young gentleman’ Herbert Pocket and the affluent, eccentric spinster Miss
Havisham, among others.
George Bernard Shaw said of the novel, ‘All of one piece and consistently truthful.’"
About Charles Dickens
Born on 7 February 1812, in Portsmouth, Charles Dickens was one
of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era. He created some of the most intriguing
fictional characters in literature. The author’s success began with the 1836
publication of the Pickwick Papers, following which he became an international celebrity.
Known for his humour, satire and incisive representation of society through his
characters, his literary triumphs include A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Oliver
Twist, and Great Expectations. A literary colossus of his time, he wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas, hundreds
of short stories and non-fiction articles. He even performed for Queen Victoria in
1851. Such was the charisma of the author that the term ‘Dickensian’ is still used to
describe situations reminiscent of his narratives. Literary stalwarts like Leo Tolstoy, George Orwell and G.K. Chesterton admired him for his comedy, prose style and
realism. The quintessential Victorian author died in 1870, and was buried in Westminster