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  • Published: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780451529718
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $9.99

Oliver Twist: 200th Anniversary Edition


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One of the great novelist's most popular works, Oliver Twists is also the purest distillation of Dickens's genius. This tale of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse and runs away to London is a novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story. Oliver Twist presents some of the most sinister characters in Dickens-the master thief Fagin; the leering Artful dodger; the murderer Bill Sikes-along with some of the most sentimental and comical characters. Only Dickens can give us nightmares and daydream together. According to George Orwell, 'in Oliver Twist . . . Dickens attacked English institutions with a ferocity that has never since been approached. Yet he managed to do it without making himself hated, and, more than this, the very people he attacked have welcomed him so completely that he has become a national institution himself.'

With an introduction by Frederick Busch and and afterword by Edward Le Comte

'The greatest writer of his time.' Edmund Wilson

'One of the great poets of the novel, a genius of his art.' Edgar Johnson

'All of his characters are my personal friends-I am constantly comparing them with living persons and living persons with them, and what a spirit there was in all he wrote.' Leo Tolstoy

  • Pub date: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780451529718
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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