Both a brilliant contribution to scholarship and an excellent reading edition with helpful notes and secondary material: -- Fred Kaplan, City University of New York Graduate Center
Edgar Rosenberg has brilliantly demonstrated that there is no need to be boring in order to be serious. -- Sylvere Monod, University of Paris-Sorbonne
I think the Norton Great Expectations
is an editorial masterpiece. No one who teaches this novel or presumes to study it ... should hereafter select any other edition. [Rosenberg's] breathtaking allusions to other monuments of Western culture stretch readers to wider horizons and more comprehensive judgments of Dickens's place in our literary heritage. -- Robert L. Patten, Rice University
Rosenberg is the wittiest and sprightliest of Dickensian commentators, so his editorial matter, lightly carrying a heavy load of scholarship, is a joy to read. -- Philip Collins, University of Leicester
This is a magisterial work, absolutely stuffed with superb scholarship, wonderful quips, and massive common sense. -- David Paroissien, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
This monumental edition ... is destined to be seen as a landmark. .. a benchmark against which all future editions are to be measured. -- Michael Hollington, University of New South Wales
[Rosenberg's editorial] work is immensely learned, and yet the learning is carried with a delightful delicacy and penetration . . .. Game, set, and match to Rosenberg. -- Robin Gilmour, University of Aberdeen
About the Author
(1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend
, The Pickwick Papers
and many more.
A native of Germany, Edgar Rosenberg
received his Ph.D. at Stanford University and since 1965 as been Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is the author of From Shylock to Svengali
and some fifty pieces of short fiction, translations, and articles in journals ranging from Esquire to Commentary to The Dickensian
. He has taught at San Jose State College and Harvard University, has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University and the University of Haifa, and has received Guggenheim, Fulbright, Bread Loaf, and Stanford Fiction Fellowships as well as the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award at Cornell.