"Oliver Twist" (1838) is one of the best loved and darkest of Dickens' novels and presents some of the most memorable of Dickens' great characters, ...Show synopsis"Oliver Twist" (1838) is one of the best loved and darkest of Dickens' novels and presents some of the most memorable of Dickens' great characters, from the rascal antics of street urchin the Artful Dodger, the manipulative seediness of Fagin and the threatening brutality of Bill Sykes, to the kindness of prostitute Nancy and the innocence of Oliver, who escapes the horrors of the workhouse where he dares to ask for more, only to find himself taken in by a den of thieves in London's underworld. "Oliver Twist" is Dickens' first social tract and a significant development in his growth as a writer keen to appeal to the widest audience while discussing the most serious of subjects. Shocking for its time, it is a masterful expose of the inadequacy of the British Poor Laws and the evils that corrupted the childhood innocence in Victorian society...Based on the world-famous "Nonesuch Press" edition of 1937, the text is taken from the 1867 Chapman and Hall edition, which became known as the Charles Dickens edition, and was the last edition to be corrected by the author himself. "The Nonesuch" edition contains illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ('Phiz'), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour and George Cattermole. The new "Nonesuch Dickens" reproduces the original elegance of these beautiful editions. Books are printed on natural cream shade high quality stock, are quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker and feature special printed endpapers. Each book is wrapped in a protective, clear acetate jacket.Hide synopsis
Oliver Twist (Barnes & Noble) – Trade paperback (2004)
Charles Dickens, Jill Muller (Introduction by)
Trade paperback, Barnes & Noble 2004
ISBN: 1593082061 ISBN-13: 9781593082062
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective ...Show moreOliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of Dickens's most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, Please, sir, I want some more. After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured readers' imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, andperhaps one of the greatest villains of all time-the terrifying Bill Sikes. Rife with Dickens's disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation-and the shocking discovery of his true identity. Features illustrations by George Cruikshank. Jill Muller was born in England and educated at Mercy College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Mercy College and Columbia University. She is working on a book on the Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, to be published by Routledge.Hide
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Oliver Twist, a rich tapestry of English society in the 1830?s, is one of Charles Dickens' s best-known and well-loved works. In the first chapters, Dickens satirizes the hypocrisy and flaws of Victorian social institutions (under the Poor Laws of 1834) including the treatment of the poor, the exploitation of the innocent, the corruption of society´s government, its laws and criminal system.
Oliver Twist journeys from innocence to experience without capitulating to the evil forces that hinder his progress and, thus addresses the pervasive problem of evil in society and human nature. Dickens uses Oliver's physical torment to evoke the reader's sympathy and incite his or her awareness of society's corruption. In doing so, he unearths the problem of evil as an ever-present force that dwells not only within the supernatural underworld of Fagin and Sikes but, ironically, looms in the most unsuspecting places, even in the very institutions established to aid society's poor.
In Dickens?s descriptions, the words ?neglect? and ?decay? recur insistently. He uses irony, sarcasm and biting language. Interestingly, he doesn't suggest any solutions; he merely points out the suffering inflicted by these systems and their deep injustice.
Readers, who appreciate a good read, would undoubtedly agree with Oliver's famous plea, "Please sir, I want some more"
My book is an original copy,,,#313. I would like to find how much it may be worth to a collector. It was published by JB Lippincott in 1867, copyrite by Ticknor & Fields, 1867. The book also includes Pictures From Italy and American Notes.
Its hardcover, on front cover has a debossed bust of C. ...
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