Oliver Twist, Or, The Parish Boy's Progress
The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, in Oliver Twist Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
This is the first critical edition to use the Bentley's Miscellany serial text of 1837-9, showing Oliver Twist as it appeared to its earliest readers. It includes Dickens's 1841 introduction and 1850 preface, the original illustrations and a glossary of contemporary slang.
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"Please, sir, may I have summore?" This book is one of my all time favorites. A classic, Dickens paints a portrait of the struggles of a poor orphan in turn-of-the-century London. Yes, Fagan "the Jew ... Read full review
Yes, Dickens at his best!! This book is easy to read, involving, and very informative vis a vis industrial revolution era England. It's a great book that leaves you with a sense of good and truth in the midst and concurrent with hardship. In addition the reader gets a journey through Dickens era English, always helpful in enriching one's vocabulary and comprehension of the English language.
List of Illustrations
A Dickens Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Authors Introduction to the Third Edition 1841
Preface to the Cheap Edition 1850
Glossary of Thieves Cant and Slang
List of Chapters
Map of London in 1837
Selected Textual Variants