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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Original Version (Bentley Loft Classics book #33)
     

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Original Version (Bentley Loft Classics book #33)

by Charles Dickens
 
Bentley Loft Classics is proud to present Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

"Oliver Twist" was Charles Dickens' second novel, and perhaps his darkest as it deals with themes of kidnapping, theft, child abuse, prostitution, and murder. This social commentary tells the tale of the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes the dreaded workhouse and takes up with a gang of

Overview

Bentley Loft Classics is proud to present Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

"Oliver Twist" was Charles Dickens' second novel, and perhaps his darkest as it deals with themes of kidnapping, theft, child abuse, prostitution, and murder. This social commentary tells the tale of the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes the dreaded workhouse and takes up with a gang of juvenile themes.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013623033
Publisher:
Bentley Loft
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Bentley Loft Classics , #33
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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