The Companion to Great Expectations
David Paroissien is also the author of 'The Companion to "Oliver Twist"', also in this series. He co-edits the series with Susan Shatto and until his retirement in 2001 taught English literature at the University of Massachusetts, USA.
List of Illustrations General Preface by the Editors Acknowledgements Abbreviations for Dickens's Works and Related Material Bibliographical Symbols and Abbreviations Introduction A Note on the Text How to use the Notes The Notes Appendix One: The Sequence of Events in Pip's Narrative Appendix Two: The Hoo Peninsula and Rochester Appendix Three: The Temple, Little Britain and the River Thames Appendix Four: Maps Appendix Five: Serial Instalments in "All the Year Round" Select Bibliography Index.
The Companion to Great Expectations will remain a landmark study for students of the novel, for many years to come.
David Parker Dickens Quarterly
The book will be particularly useful to those who teach ‘Great Expectations’ as a set text, and who need to field all manner of questions relating to the Victorian way of life and Dickens’s use of slang, topical references, literary allusion, and so forth. It is a mine of interesting information in its own right, scrupulously sourced, and read in conjunction with the novel, will prove a valuable corrective to the tendency to over-theorise readings of the text, at the expense of understanding its socio-historical context.
John Drew ABES
Thorough, well-considered, clear, incisive and complete, the Companion to ‘Great Expectations’ gives readers everything needed for its full appreciation. It is a comprehensive and enjoyable work of reference and scholarhip about Dickens as well as the novel, precisely mapped and illustrated. It takes the student through the novel’s origins, completion, dense allusions, and what Graham Greene calls its ‘secret prose’. We are shown it directly: written about an earlier period and addressed to its time.
K. J. Fielding
Paroissien's passion for finding the illuminating detail and for getting the detail right is evident. ... readers will find Paroissien's companionship rich in research and of breath-taking fullness.
Patrick MacCarthy Dickens List-Serv (online)
... If in any doubt, consult 'The Companion to "Great Expectations"' by David Paroissien, an extraordinary behind-the-scenes tour of Dickens's novel ...
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 22, 2000
Series: Dickens Companions 7