Oliver Twist

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Broadview Press, May 31, 2005 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Charles Dickens’s famous second novel recounts the story of a boy born in the workhouse and raised in an infant farm as he tries to make his way in the world. Intended to raise feeling against the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 (which had emphasized the workhouse as an appropriate means of dealing with the problem of poverty), Oliver Twist also provides a sweeping portrait of London life in the 1830s—including the life of the criminal elements in society. Oliver Twist was first published in serialised form (with illustrations by George Cruikshank) in Bentley's Miscellany between February 1837 and April 1839. It was issued with some corrections and revisions in ten numbers in 1846 by Bradbury and Evans (which then also issued the same text in a single volume). Each of these ten numbers, including the Cruikshank illustrations and the advertisements, is included in this facsimile reprint of the 1846 edition. This is one of a series from Broadview Press of facsimile reprint editions—editions that provide readers with a direct sense of these works as the Victorians themselves experienced them.
 

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This story is about a boy who goes through many problems in his life, Oliver Twist. His mother died when she gave birth. Then, he goes through several problems with his adoptive family that lead him ... Read full review

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The story of Oliver Twist tells of the struggles of a young orphan boy in the streets of London. It follows him from his birth, to his labeling as a trouble-maker when he dares to ask for more food ... Read full review

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Contents

OLIVER TWIST
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for a week or two said the beadle
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SHILLING MAGAZINE
33
Oliver Twist Advertiser
34
Oliver Twist Advertiser
35
WORKS PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM SMITH
36
SMITHS STANDARD LIBRARY
37
Oliver Twist Advertiser
38
SHILLING MAGAZINE
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CHAPTER XVI
83
Advertisements
96
ESTABLISHED IN WELLS STREET 1C2O
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Advertisements
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could take his foot in his lap he applied himself
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Advertisements
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ESTABLISHED IN WELLS STREET A D 183O
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Oliver Tunst Advertiser
22
OLIVER TWIST
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THE DAILY NEWS
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SCHOOL BOTANY
26
Oh you know Mr Bumble he must be mad
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voices and the crowd accumulate at every turning Away
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SHILLING MAGAZINE
65
Oliver Twist Advertiser
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Oliver Twist Advertiser
65
WORKS PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM SMITH
65
SMITHS STANDARD LIBRARY
65
Oliver Twist Advertiser
65
OLIVER TWIST
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Oliver Twist Advertiser
65
ESTABLISHED IN WELLS STREET 182O
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SHILLING MAGAZINE
132
At length one morning when Rose was alone in the
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Such matters keep well and like good wine often
211
COMIC HISTORY OF ENGLAND
225
ESTABLISHED IN WELLS STREET A D 182O
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CHAPTER XLV
257
of glass to Noah and signed to him to climb
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A woman replied the gentleman It is supposed
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CHAPTER XLIX
278
THE PURSUIT AND ESCAPE
285
OLIVER TWIST 297
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tablet which bears as yet but one word
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CONTENTS
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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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