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Penguin Classics
21 February 2003
Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
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.
By:   Charles Dickens
Notes by:   Philip Horne
Introduction by:   Philip Horne
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   1st Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   415g
ISBN:   9780141439747
ISBN 10:   0141439742
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   21 February 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. Philip Horne is a Reader in English at UCL. He is author of the acclaimed 'Henry James: A Life in Letters' and editor of James' The Tragic Muse for Penguin.

Reviews for Oliver Twist

The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him whithersoever he leads. --William Makepeace Thackeray


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