- The complete, unabridged text (from the final edition Dickens oversaw in 1865)
- 44 full-color illustrations by George Cruikshank and Frederick W. Pailthorpe
- A helpful introduction and detailed author bio
Oliver Twist, a poor orphan raised in a workhouse in Victorian England, escapes his cruel fate and flees to London, only to be taken in by a gang of criminals led by the villainous Fagin. Though Fagin, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger, and the other assorted pickpockets, house-breakers, cut-throats, and fallen women try their best to corrupt young Oliver, his innate goodness won't allow him to fall under their spell. Unbeknownst to him, the circumstances of his birth are not as simple as they appear, and a chance encounter with a kindly benefactor may be his salvation if he can escape the clutches of the criminal underworld of London.
Dickens' second novel, published in 1838, would become one of his most beloved, remaining in print around the world for nearly two centuries and inspiring countless adaptations and homages.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.
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