Oliver Twist (Classics Illustrated Deluxe Series #8)

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Charles Dickens social novel comes to Classics Illustrated Deluxe in an extra-sized volume that features more comics pages than previous volumes. Dickens surrounds the serious themes of his novel with sarcasm and dark humor, making the quirky yet powerful art of Olivier Deloye a great fit for this adaptation of one of the greatest literary works of the past 200 years.

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Overview

Charles Dickens social novel comes to Classics Illustrated Deluxe in an extra-sized volume that features more comics pages than previous volumes. Dickens surrounds the serious themes of his novel with sarcasm and dark humor, making the quirky yet powerful art of Olivier Deloye a great fit for this adaptation of one of the greatest literary works of the past 200 years.

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Gr 6 Up—This adaptation is well done. The pictures and panels match the tone of the story of one orphan boy's struggle to survive, and the text maintains enough of the classic for readers to understand Oliver's plight. Readers will especially like the character portraits on the inside and back covers. The art clearly defines the difference between good and evil in the story. This version opens the readership to a younger or reluctant reader audience as Dickens is long and challenging for many students.—Jessica Lorentz Smith, Bend Senior High School, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597073073
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novels Series , #8
  • Edition number: 70
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,472,471
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens

Loïc Dauvillier was born in Cambrai, France in 1971. In 1996, he helped to found Editions Charette where he worked with Jean-Luc Loyer. In 2004, Dauvillier began work for Editions Delcourt with his adaptation of “Oliver Twist,” after which CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE writer Jean David Morvan (“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”) hired him to adapt “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Olivier Deloye is a French comics artist whose work includes 22 titles for Multimedia Press along with art for MMAmagazine, KOT Illustrations, and Bluedot.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

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