Today in History: Great Expectations Is Fully Published

| August 3, 2016

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    On August 3, 1861, the closing chapters, 58-59, of Great Expectations were published in All the Year Round, a literary circular from Charles Dickens, British writer and social critic. Dickens’ popular novel tells the tale of an orphan named named Pip who believes he will inherit a fortune. Narrated in the first person and set in Essex and Kent, the work portrays a dramatic set of characters and highlights major universal and opposing themes — among them, wealth and poverty, love and loss, good and evil. Great Expectations was serialized from December 1, 1860 through August 3, 1861, and was then published by Chapman and Hall as a three volume work in October 1861.

The following stories are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, a resource which serves to inspire research, as well as classroom learning and teaching. As we look toward the opening of the Learning Theater, we consider the publication of Great Expectations from various perspectives: the author’s long lasting influence and impact; the writer-actor; serialization as a vehicle for readership; the draw of classic literature to performance and creative interpretation, and theater as education.

 

Tip: Check Educat, our catalog, for holdings of Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. See Pocketknowledge for a relevant dissertation by Frank Allen Tassone entitled, Charles Dickens, His Ideas about Education and their Implication for the Educational Administrator.  slide design-Great Expectations Fully Published-03

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