Young Charles Dickens

#NYCCTReads Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Reading with kids is not only fun, it’s important! According to a study by the National Commission on Reading, “the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early education success is being read to at home prior to beginning school.”

GREAT EXPECTATIONS  by Charles Dickens is about an abused orphan named Pip, his journey from poor orphan to power and wealth, the friends he gains and loses and his eventual humbling. “Great Expectations” is considered a “coming of age” novel and is narrated by the character Pip.

“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” – Great Expectations

This is Charles Dickens’s thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel & Dickens’s second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens’s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from December 1st 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.

There is a song called Great Expectations featured in our holiday production – Young Charles Dickens!

We highly recommend checking out this book. After you read it, download the #NYCCTReads Activity Sheet and talk about the book together!

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The modern holiday classic returns this winter at Theatre Row!

Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old boy with a gift for telling stories. Based on the book A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, Young Charles Dickens is the true story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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