A gripping portrayal of London's darkish felony underbelly, released in Penguin Classics with an advent through Philip Horne.
The tale of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon through evil and adversity from his first breath - surprised readers whilst it used to be released. After working clear of the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver reveals himself lured right into a den of thieves peopled by means of shiny and noteworthy characters - the crafty Dodger, vicious burglar invoice Sikes, his puppy Bull's Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over through crafty master-thief Fagin. Combining parts of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and well known melodrama, Dickens created a completely new type of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a merciless society, and pervaded via an unforgettable experience of hazard and mystery.
This Penguin Classics version of Oliver Twist is the 1st serious variation to faithfully reproduce the textual content as its earliest readers could have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentley's Miscellany, and contains an advent by way of Philip Horne, a word list of Victorian thieves' slang, a chronology of Dickens's lifestyles, a map of latest London and all of George Cruikshank's unique illustrations.
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