Great Expectations: Charles Dickens Facts (Feature)

Great Expectations, 2011

One of the best-loved of all of Charles Dickens’ classic stories is brought to sumptuous, decadent life as Great Expectations arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from 25 March, 2013 courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Featuring the cream of British acting talent and reuniting many of the most memorable faces from the Harry Potter series, this BAFTA Award-nominated event is directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and is perhaps the most visually arresting and emotionally charged adaptation of the enduring story to date.

To celebrate next Monday’s home release of Great Expectations we have compiled some interesting facts about the movies, the great author himself and even the museum dedicated to all things, Charles Dickens…..

 the facts as being provided by the Charles Dickens Museum

Great Expectations:

o Dickens came up with the name Magwitch in 1855 – five year before he started GE
o The novel was originally designed to be published in monthly instalments but changed it to weekly publication. It was published over 36 instalments.
o It was published in Dickens’s own popular magazine All the Year Round, a family-friendly publication edited and run by the author. His only other novel published in this magazine was A Tale of Two Cities
o Dickens adapted the story for his famous public readings but it was never performed
o The novel is the only one in which Dickens did not collaborate with an artist from the outset, as both the serial and first edition publication were not illustrated
o The graveyard in the opening scene has been identified as one in Cooling, Kent, near Dickens’s home
o 100,000 copies were sold weekly while Great Expectations was published. In addition, some 42,000 readers borrowed the novel from the lending library

Charles Dickens:

o Worked in a factory as a 12-year-old
o Wrote 15 novels
o Wanted to be an actor and in later life gave performances from his own works
o Owned and ran his own magazine in which Great Expectations appeared – in it he also published Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White and The Moonstone
o Met Queen Victoria just months before his death
o Survived one of the UK’s worst rail crashes which occoured exactly 5 years before his death on 9 June 1865 (he died on the same day in 1870)
o His first novel The Pickwick Papers was one of the biggest publishing sensation in the 19th century
o From 1835-1836 Dickens lived in Furnival’s Inn which is opposite Barnard’s Inn – where Pip lives with Herbert

Charles Dickens Museum:

o Dickens lived at Doughty Street from 1837-1839
o He wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby in this house and confirmed his status as the world’s most famous writer
o Holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Dickens items
o Shows rooms as Dickens would have seen them with original furniture, objects and literary manuscripts and books

Great Expectations stars Helena Bonham Carter  as Miss Haversham, Ralph Fiennes  as Magwitch, Jeremy Irvine  as Pip and Holliday Grainger as Estella, the film also features Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams and Ewen Bremner . The film arrives on DVD [2012] and Blu-ray [2012] on Monday 25th March 2013.