Great Expectations Connections and Further Reading
by Charles Dickens

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For Further Reference

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Baker, Ernest A. The History of the English Novel. Vol. 7. London: Wetherby, 1968. This is the most notable history of the English novel. In addition to an account of sources and a summary of Great Expectations, Baker provides much sound criticism.

Dyson, A. E. The Inimitable Dickens: A Reading of the Novels. London: Macmillan, 1970. Lightly written, yet scholarly and useful, the chapter on Great Expectations is particularly rewarding.

Gold, Joseph. Charles Dickens, Radical Moralist. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1972. Gold examines in depth the moral values and human psychology in Great Expectations.

Hobsbaum, Philip. A Reader's Guide to Charles Dickens. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1973. Includes a perceptive chapter on Great Expectations, together with a good bibliography of critical studies of the novel.

Page, Norman. A Dickens Companion. New York: Schocken Books, 1984. An excellent reference, this work is ideal for a quick survey of the composition, reception, and modern criticism of Great Expectations.

Van Ghent, Dorothea. The English Novel, Form and Function. New York: Rinehart, 1953. Especially useful for students, this textbook edition points out problems and contains discussion questions.

Zasadinski, Eugene. "Charles Dickens." In Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, edited by Walton Beacham. Washington, DC: Beacham Publishing, 1985. This article is the best aid to selecting and researching term paper topics. It provides an overview and evaluation of biographies and critical studies of Charles Dickens.

Media Adaptations

(Novels for Students)

  • Great Expectations was first adapted by film in the silent movie version in 1917, released by Paramount Pictures, on five reels, Famous Players Film Company, 3 January 1917, and presented by David Frohman.
  • A 1934 remake, poorly directed by Stuart Walker, starred Jane Wyatt as Estella and Phillip Holmes as Pip, but the public thought their performances were lackluster. Universal released this film on eleven reels.
  • A British production of the novel on film was made in Great Britain in 1946, directed by David Lean and available from Rank/Cmeguild This most acclaimed of the film versions of Dickens' novel stars John Mills as Pip, Valerie Hobson as Estella, and Alec Guiness as Herbert Pocket, Jr., and it won two Oscars in 1947. According to critic Robert Murphy, it was "one of the finest of all film adaptations of Dickens."
  • Two critical adaptations of the novel were captured on film in 1962 dealing with (1) setting, character, and themes and (2) critical interpretation. Each of these two films were produced for a high school or early college audience by the Encyclopedia Brittannica Corporation, and each are 35 minutes in length.
  • In 1973, the University of Michigan produced a dramatization of Dickens' attack in Great Expectations on the upper class of British society, with a senior high to college level audience in mind. Available on the Dickens' World Series from the University of Michigan, this film runs 29 minutes.
  • A 1974 version by Scotia-Barber/ITC was released in 1974 in Great Britain. Joseph Hardy directed.
  • Produced by the BBC, the first close-captioned version of Great Expectations was made in 1981 and released in the US in August 1988 by CBS/Fox Video. Starring Gerry Sundquist, Stratford Johns, and Joan Hudson, it was directed by Julian Aymes and runs for 300 minutes (also available on two cassettes in Great Britain from BBC/International Historic Films, Inc., #R249).
  • Great Expectations: The Untold Story was adapted for viewers from Magwitch's point of view. Featuring John Stanton, Sigrid Thornton, and Robert Coleby, and directed by Tim Burstall, this video was released by Facets Multimedia, Inc. in 1987.
  • Great Expectations was filmed for prime time television by Primetime/Harlech Television in both Great Britain and the US in 1989. This was a made-for-TV presentation in 1989.
  • Walt Disney Home Video also has a 1989 version of the novel on video, starring Jean Simmons and Anthony Hopkins, directed by Kevin Connor, and...

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