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Oliver Twist (Signet Classics) (original 1838; edition 1961)
by Charles Dickens, Edward Le Comte (Afterword)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439742, Paperback)
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, 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.
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Dickens wrote this story of a boy forced to live in a dark and dismal workhouse lorded over by Mr Bumble to draw attention to Victorian social ills. Desperate but determined, Oliver makes his escape and finds that life in the harsh streets of London's underworld makes the workhouse look like a picnic.
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29 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.
Seven editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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