Oliver Twist

The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who is born in a workhouse and is then sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker

by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist is notable for its unromantic portrayal by Dickens of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.[1] The alternate title, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, A Rake's Progress and A Harlot's Progress.[2] In this early example of the social novel, Dickens satirises the hypocrisies of his time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of street children. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of working as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own youthful experiences contributed as well
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Author Biography

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: January 1905
  • English
  • 9780123456775
  • United Kingdom
  • Other
  • Primary Price: 3.99 GBP
  • Pages: 684
  • IPR License
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Out-Of-Copyright
  • Copyright Year: 1838
  • Dimensions: 297x210 mm