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Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor


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The recent discovery that, as a young man, Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. This book, by the historian who did the sleuthing behind this exciting discovery, presents the story for the first time, and shows that the two periods during which Dickens lived in that part of London were profoundly important to his subsequent writing career.

About the Author

Ruth Richardson is a historian and the author of a number of books. The Wall Street Journal described her last book, The Making of Mr. Gray's Anatomy (Oxford University Press) as 'one of those rarities, history that reads like a novel'. That book won the 2009 Medical Journalists' Open Book Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Oliver Twist and the Workhouse

1. Discovery: Threat, Puzzle, Silences

2. Vicinity: Environs of Gentility, Environs of Poverty

3. Institutions: Hospital and Workhouse

4. Home: House, Landlord, Shop, Inside, Upstairs, Downstairs

5. Street: Looking Down and Around

6. Calamity: Sheerness, Chatham, Camden Town, Marshalsea, Somers Town

7. Young Dickens: Return to Norfolk Street, Young Professional, First Essays

8. Workhouse: St Paul's Parish, Farming the Infant Poor, Paul Pry, Parliament

9. Works: Contemporaries, Sketches, Spectres, Oliver Twist, Names, Echoes

10. The Most Famous Workhouse in the World: Truth and Fiction




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Richardson, Ruth
Oxford University Press, USA
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literature/English | British Literature | 19th C
Literary Criticism : General
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44 halftones
5.1 x 7.6 x 0.7 in 0.919 lb

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