This thesis highlights Charles Dickens’ and Donna Tartt’s lives and their work. Based on the theory of Bildungsroman, this thesis explores the characteristics of Bildungsroman in Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. On top of that, it also explores the reason behind Tartt’s nickname »Dickens of modern times«. Charles Dickens is considered as a key writer of the Victorian era, while Donna Tartt is a contemporary American writer. Despite coming from different space and time, they have some things in common. These similarities can be noticed in their style of writing. They do not miss a single detail when writing, so their descriptions are thorough and precise. The thesis is divided into two parts. The first part is of a theoretical nature, where the theory of Bildungsroman is explained. And the second part is focoused on the chosen novels and their comparison. The key for comparions was that the both novels were written in Bildungsroman genre regarding the course of the stories and the main protagonists.