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Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

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Published: February 2003
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
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The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters – the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, in Oliver Twist Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

This is the first critical edition to use the Bentley's Miscellany serial text of 1837-9, showing Oliver Twist as it appeared to its earliest readers. It includes Dickens's 1841 introduction and 1850 preface, the original illustrations and a glossary of contemporary slang.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London. Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.

Introductionp. xv
Chronologyp. xxxi
The Author's Preface to the Third Edition (1841)p. xxxv
Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was born, and of the circumstances attending his birthp. 1
Treats of Oliver Twist's growth, education, and boardp. 5
Relates how Oliver Twist was very near getting a place, which would not have been a sinecurep. 17
Oliver, being offered another place, makes his first entry into public lifep. 27
Oliver mingles with new associates. Going to a funeral for the first time, he forms an unfavourable notion of his master's businessp. 35
Oliver, being goaded by the taunts of Noah, rouses into action, and rather astonishes himp. 47
Oliver continues refractoryp. 53
Oliver walks to London. He encounters on the road a strange sort of young gentlemanp. 61
Containing further particulars concerning the pleasant old gentleman, and his hopeful pupilsp. 71
Oliver becomes better acquainted with the characters of his new associates; and purchases experience at a high price. Being a short, but very important chapter, in this historyp. 79
Treats of Mr. Fang the Police Magistrate; and furnishes a slight specimen of his mode of administering justicep. 85
In which Oliver is taken better care of than he ever was before. And in which the narrative reverts to the merry old gentleman and his youthful friendsp. 95
Some new acquaintances are introduced to the intelligent reader, connected with whom, various pleasant matters are related, appertaining to this historyp. 105
Comprising further particulars of Oliver's stay at Mr. Brownlow's, with the remarkable prediction which one Mr. Grimwig uttered concerning him, when he went out on an errandp. 115
Showing how very fond of Oliver Twist, the merry old Jew and Miss Nancy werep. 127
Relates what became of Oliver Twist, after he had been claimed by Nancyp. 135
Oliver's destiny continuing unpropitious, brings a great man to London to injure his reputationp. 147
How Oliver passed his time in the improving society of his reputable friendsp. 157
In which a notable plan is discussed and determined onp. 167
Wherein Oliver is delivered over to Mr. William Sikesp. 179
The Expeditionp. 189
The Burglaryp. 197
Which contains the substance of a pleasant conversation between Mr. Bumble and a lady; and shows that even a beadle may be susceptible on some pointsp. 205
Treats of a very poor subject. But is a short one, and may be found of importance in this historyp. 213
Wherein this history reverts to Mr. Fagin and Companyp. 221
In which a mysterious character appears upon the scene; and many things, inseparable from this history, are done and performedp. 229
Atones for the unpoliteness of a former chapter; which deserted a lady, most unceremoniouslyp. 243
Looks after Oliver, and proceeds with his adventuresp. 251
Has an introductory account of the inmates of the house, to which Oliver resortedp. 261
Relates what Oliver's new visitors thought of himp. 267
Involves a critical positionp. 275
Of the happy life Oliver began to lead with his kind friendsp. 287
Wherein the happiness of Oliver and his friends, experiences a sudden checkp. 297
Contains some introductory particulars relative to a young gentleman who now arrives upon the scene; and a new adventure which happened to Oliverp. 307
Containing the unsatisfactory result of Oliver's adventure; and a conversation of some importance between Harry Maylie and Rosep. 319
Is a very short one, and may appear of no great importance in its place, but it should be read notwithstanding, as a sequel to the last, and a key to one that will follow when its time arrivesp. 327
In which the reader may perceive a contrast, not uncommon in matrimonial casesp. 331
Containing an account of what passed between Mr. and Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. Monks, at their nocturnal interviewp. 343
Introduces some respectable characters with whom the reader is already acquainted, and shows how Monks and the Jew laid their worthy heads togetherp. 355
A strange interview, which is a sequel to the last chapterp. 371
Containing fresh discoveries, and showing that surprises, like misfortunes, seldom come alonep. 379
An old acquaintance of Oliver's, exhibiting decided marks of genius, becomes a public character in the metropolisp. 391
Wherein is shown how the Artful Dodger got into troublep. 403
The time arrives for Nancy to redeem her pledge to Rose Maylie. She failsp. 415
Noah Claypole is employed by Fagin on a secret missionp. 423
The Appointment keptp. 427
Fatal Consequencesp. 439
The Flight of Sikesp. 447
Monks and Mr. Brownlow at length meet. Their conversation, and the intelligence that interrupts itp. 457
The Pursuit and Escapep. 469
Affording an explanation of more mysteries than one, and comprehending a proposal of marriage with no word of settlement or pin-moneyp. 483
Fagin's last night alivep. 497
And Lastp. 507
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ISBN: 9780141439747
ISBN-10: 0141439742
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
For Grades: 7 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: February 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.42