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Oliver Twist : Norton Critical Edition - Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Norton Critical Edition

Paperback Published: 17th December 1992
ISBN: 9780393962925
Number Of Pages: 624

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The editor has corrected printers' errors and annotated unfamiliar terms and allusions. Three illustrations by George Cruikshank and a map of Oliver's London accompany the text. "Backgrounds and Sources" focuses on The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, central both to Dickens and to the characters in Oliver Twist. The act's far-reaching implications are considered in source materials that include parlimentary debates on The Poor Laws, a harrowing account of an 1835 Bedfordshire riot, and "An Appeal to Fallen Women," Dickens' 1847 open letter to London's prostitutes urging them to turn their backs on "debauchery and neglect." Ten letters on Oliver Twist, written between 1837 and 1864, are reprinted, including those to the novel's publisher, the novel's illustrator, and John Forster, Dickens' close friend and future biographer. In addition, readers can trace the evolution of the novel by examining Dickens' installment and chapter-division plans and enjoy "Sikes and Nancy," the text of a public reading Dickens composed and performed often to large audiences. "Early Reviews" provides eight witty, insightful, and at times impassioned responses to the novel and to Oliver's plight by William Makepeace Thackeray and John Forster (anonymously), among others. "Criticism" includes twenty of the most significant interpretations of Oliver Twist published in this century. Included are essays by Henry James, George Gissing, Graham Greene, J. Hillis Miller, Harry Stone, Philip Collins, John Bayley, Keith Hollingsworth, Steven Marcus, Monroe Engel, James R. Kincaid, Michael Slater, Dennis Walder, Burton M. Wheeler, Janet Larson, Fred Kaplan, Robert Tracy, David Miller, John O. Jordan, and Gary Wills. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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: 9780393962925
ISBN-10: 039396292X
Series: Norton Critical Editions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 17th December 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1