Oliver Twist

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Running Press Book Publishers, 1996 - Fiction - 478 pages
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Oliver, a victimized orphan in nineteenth-century London, falls in with a band of pickpockets under the conniving Fagin and the treacherous Bill Sikes before he is rescued by the gentle-hearted Nancy.

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User Review  - ckelly16 - LibraryThing

Oliver Twist is a classic piece of English literature about an orphan and a gang of thieves, that everyone should have the chance to read in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the original text may be too ... Read full review

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This is the junior/adapted version of this classic novel. Oliver Twist is a small boy from the mid 1800's. His mother dies in childbirth, and his father is nowhere to be found, so he spends his first ... Read full review


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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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