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by Carol Ann Duffy

Havisham Resources


Read Great Expectations

…for free, online at Project Gutenberg. We highly recommend it.

Meet Carol Ann Duffy

Read what the Academy of American Poets has to say about Britain's groundbreaking Poet Laureate.

Want to Read Some Good Love Poems?

Try these, recommended by Duffy herself. (No corpse honeymoons here, we promise)


Interview with Our Author

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the first female Poet Laureate? Here's your chance to find out.

A non-Shmoop Analysis

He's no Shmoop, but he's got some interesting things to say about "Havisham."


An Interesting Take

Some students in England do a montaged reading of "Havisham." It's a little silly, but kind of gets across the choppy feel, don't you think?

A More Traditional Take

This reading is a bit more traditional. What do you think?


A More Traditional Take

Thinking deep thoughts, as usual.

Illustrated Havisham

Here she is, as imagined by Harry Furniss, who illustrated the complete works of Dickens. Don't you kind of wish novels were still illustrated?

Animated Havisham

And here she is again, this time as imagined by the creators of South Park!

Historical Documents

The First American Edition of Great Expectations

Can you imagine reading a novel on newspaper? Ah, the ink stains!

Great Expectations: Serialized!

Check out the novel in its original form. Pretty neat stuff.


Duffy's Mean Time

Check out the poem in its original context – a collection called Mean Time.

Great Expectations

Return to the source for more Miss Havisham. You know you want to.

Movies & TV

Great Expectations, 1998

This adaptation is not exactly faithful to the book. In fact, it takes place in New York, in modern times.

Great Expectations, 1946

A trailer for the 1946 film starring Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham. If you're looking for a more faithful adaptation, this is your movie.

TV Movie, 1999

Produced by the BBC, this (long) movie was so good, it was nominated for an Emmy.

TV Miniseries, 1989

Check out this long-forgotten version of the book, produced by Disney.

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