Oliver Twist Author:Charles Dickens Oliver Twist, Dickens's second novel, has recognizeable antecedents in the Gothic Romance and the Newgate Nevel and in popular melodrama. But out of these elements the 25-year-old writer created an entirely new kind of novel, scathing in its exposure of contemporary cruelties, always exciting, and clothes in an unforgettable atmosphere of myste... more »ry and pervasive evil. Its major characters - Fagin, Bill Sykes, the Artful Dodger - have become creatures of myth, and its great scenese have lost none of their power to terrify and move.
The cover shows a detail of a Gin Shop by Cruickshank from 'The Drunkard's Children', 1848.
The portrait of Charles Dickens, on the inside front cover, is from an engraving after a painting by WP Frith, by kind permission of the Trustees of the Dickens House.« less