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An edition of Oliver Twist (1838)

Oliver Twist

Sixth printing (US)
  • 3.98 ·
  • 58 Ratings
  • 529 Want to read
  • 47 Currently reading
  • 82 Have read

ONE OF THE MOST SWIFTLY MOVING AND unified of Charles Dickens's great novels, Oliver Twist is also famous for its re-creation—through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, and the evil Bill Sikes— of the vast London underworld of pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, and abandoned children. Victorian critics took Dickens to task for render- ing this world in such a compelling, believable way, but readers over the last 150 years have delivered an alternative judgment by making this story of the orphaned Oliver Twist one of its author's most loved works.

This edition reprints the original Everyman's introduction by G. K. Chesterton and includes twenty-four illustrations by George Cruikshank.

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Alfred A. Knopf
Language
English
Pages
427

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxviii-xxix).

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New York
Series
Everyman's library ;
Genre
Fiction.
Copyright Date
1992

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.8
Library of Congress
PR4567 .A1 1992, PR4567.A1 1992

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Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xlvi, 427 p. :
Number of pages
427

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1744066M
Internet Archive
olivertwist0000dick_f1m4
ISBN 10
0679417249
ISBN 13
9780679417248
LCCN
92052899
OCLC/WorldCat
7535257
Library Thing
2215
Goodreads
50483394

First Sentence

"AMONG other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a work-house; and in this work-house was born-on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events-the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter."

Work Description

Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress, is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. It was originally published as a serial from 1837 to 1839, and as a three-volume book in 1838. The story follows the titular orphan, who, after being raised in a workhouse, escapes to London, where he meets a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal Fagin, discovers the secrets of his parentage, and reconnects with his remaining family.

Oliver Twist unromantically portrays the sordid lives of criminals, and exposes the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.[2] The alternative title, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by painter William Hogarth, A Rake's Progress and A Harlot's Progress.

In an early example of the social novel, Dickens satirises child labour, domestic violence, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of street children. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of working as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own experiences as a youth contributed as well, considering he spent two years of his life in the workhouse at the age of 12 and subsequently, missed out on some of his education.

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