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Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Random House Publishing Group | May 1, 1982 | Mass Market Paperbound

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This fiercely comic tale stands in marked  contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick  Papers. Set against London''s seedy back  street slums, Oliver Twist is  the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust  into a thieves'' den, where some of Dickens''s most  depraved villains preside: the incorrigible  Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the  terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose  grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the  "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this  drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied  goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the  publication of Oliver Twist firmly established the  literary eminence of young Dickens. It was,  according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal  announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the  rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a  champion."

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 2.59 × 1.64 × 0.31 in

Published: May 1, 1982

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553211021

ISBN - 13: 9780553211023

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Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 2.59 × 1.64 × 0.31 in

Published: May 1, 1982

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553211021

ISBN - 13: 9780553211023

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Chapter I Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born; and of the Circumstances attending his Birth. 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 workhouse; and in this workhouse 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. For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country. Although I am not disposed to maintain that the being born in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and enviable circumstance that can possibly befal a human being, I do mean to say that in this particular instance, it was the best thing for Oliver Twist that could by possibility have occurred. The fact is, that there was considerable difficulty in
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This fiercely comic tale stands in marked  contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick  Papers. Set against London''s seedy back  street slums, Oliver Twist is  the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust  into a thieves'' den, where some of Dickens''s most  depraved villains preside: the incorrigible  Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the  terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose  grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the  "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this  drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied  goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the  publication of Oliver Twist firmly established the  literary eminence of young Dickens. It was,  according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal  announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the  rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a  champion."

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This fiercely comic tale stands in marked contrast to its genial predecessor, "The Pickwick Papers. Set against London''s seedy back street slums, "Oliver Twist is the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a thieves'' den, where some of Dickens''s most depraved villains preside: the incorrigible Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the publication of "Oliver Twist firmly established the literary eminence of young Dickens. It was, according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a champion."

About the Author

Philip Pullman is the author of the bestselling fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. His other books for children and young adults include three Victorian thrillers featuring his popular heroine Sally Lockhart. He lives in Oxford, England.


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A young boy flees from an orphanage to London, only to be captured by thieves.

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"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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