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Oliver Twist is a classic tale of a boy of unknown parentage born in a workhouse and brought up under the cruel conditions to which pauper children were exposed in the Victorian England. With this novel, Dickens did not merely write a topical satire on the workhouse system and the role of the 1834 New Poor Law in fostering criminality. He created a moral fable about the survival of good, a romance, and a gripping story in which he exploited suspense and violence more effectively than any of his contemporaries.

The new Oxford World's Classics edition of Oliver Twist is based on the authoritative Clarendon edition, which uses Dickens's revised text of 1846. It includes his preface of 1841 in which he defended himself against hostile criticism, and includes all twenty-four original illustrations by George Cruikshank. Stephen Gill's groundbreaking introduction gives a fascinating new account of the novel. He also provides appendices on Dickens and Cruikshank, on Dickens's Preface and the Newgate Novel Controversy, on Oliver Twist and the New Poor Law and on thieves' slang.

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This edition of "Oliver Twist" is based on the Clarendon edition, which uses Dicken's revised text of 1846. It includes his preface of 1841 in which he defends himself against criticism, and also includes 24 original illustrations. An introduction provides an account of the novel.

Synopsis:

Based on the author's authoritative Clarendon edition, which uses Dickens' revised text of 1846, this new edition includes his Preface of 1841 and includes all 24 original illustrations by George Cruikshank.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxx]-xxxii).

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Stephen Gill is Professor of English, Lincoln College, Oxford University.

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Cheri P, March 24, 2015 (view all comments by Cheri P)
Every year I read a Dickens; Oliver Twist is number four. I continue to be struck by the power of these novels.

It always takes me some time to fall into Dickens. Archaic language, references to unfamiliar things both foreign and outdated, social norms no longer appropriate... and yet, somehow, the books remain current.

Oliver Twist is a horrific novel, really. Gory murders, brains dashed out on rocks, abhorrent poverty, intentional starvation, gross disregard of humanity...

It's a study of contrasts. Oliver Twist and Rose are so sweet and pure as to be allegorical, and Fagin and Stiles and yes, even the Bumbles are so dark as to be nightmares. And sometimes, yes, it's wordy. Really wordy. Paid-by-the-word wordy.

And yet: I loved this book.

Not everyone is black and white, though. Nancy was one of my favorite characters, and she wasn't pure by any definition. Charles Bates grows, in the end.

And the description of London... sometimes I felt so soiled, oppressed by the description of the lives the dredges of humanity led. More disturbing then the grittiest fantasy out there, if you read closely.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192833396
Introduction:
Gill, Stephen
Editor:
Tillotson, Kathleen
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Author:
Null, Kathleen
Author:
null, Charles
Author:
null, Stephen
Author:
Tillotson, Kathleen
Author:
Gill, Stephen
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford England ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Edition Description:
New Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Paperback
Series Volume:
4154
Publication Date:
19991028
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 illus.
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
7.66x5.29x.91 in. .81 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This edition of "Oliver Twist" is based on the Clarendon edition, which uses Dicken's revised text of 1846. It includes his preface of 1841 in which he defends himself against criticism, and also includes 24 original illustrations. An introduction provides an account of the novel.
"Synopsis" by , Based on the author's authoritative Clarendon edition, which uses Dickens' revised text of 1846, this new edition includes his Preface of 1841 and includes all 24 original illustrations by George Cruikshank.

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