Great Expectations is Dickens’s thirteenth novel and remains his most popular. It is the story of the orphan, Pip, who is destined to labor as a blacksmith until his life is transformed by a mysterious benefactor. He goes to London to become a gentlemen. The novel is somewhat biographical and Dickens reread David Copperfield to make sure he wasn’t repeating himself. It was published weekly in All the Year Round from December 1860 until August 1861.