Oliver Twist: or the Parish Boy's Progress

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Raised in a workhouse for orphans, Oliver Twist never knew his mother, who died just after he was born, and he has no idea who his father could be. He escapes the workhouse and runs away to London, where he discovers the city's seedy underbelly that teems with pickpockets and beggars. While making friends and enemies in high and low places, Oliver tries to avoid a life of destitution and crime in the corrupt city. English author Charles Dickens' rags-to-riches story champions the poor and examines social morals. This is an unabridged version of the novel, first published in 1838.
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About the author

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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Publisher
First Avenue Editions
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Published on
Jan 1, 2015
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Pages
530
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ISBN
9781467778183
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Literary
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