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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. 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 newkind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
Dickens's classic morality tale of a starving orphan caught between opposing forces of good and evil is a powerful indictment of Victorian England's Poor Laws. Filled with dark humor and an unforgettable cast of characters Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes, and the Artful Dodger, to name a few Dickens's second novel is a compelling social satire that has remained popular since it was first serialized in 1837- 39.
Number of Pages: 553
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics, Society + Social Issues, Law + Crime, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, General, People + Places / Europe, Peoples + Cultures, Types of Characters, Family / Orphans + Foster Homes, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Work + the Workplace, Settings, Stages of Life, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship, Nature + Animals, Fairy Tales + Folklore / Adaptations
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Charles Dickens
Street Date: September 28, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-3153