Publisher description for Oliver Twist / Charles Dickens ; introduction by Philip Pullman ; original illustrations by George Cruikshank ; notes and appendix by James Danly.


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Counter Dickens's classic morality tale of a starving orphan caught between opposing forces of good and evil is a powerful indictment of Victorian England's Poor Laws. Filled with dark humor and an unforgettable cast of characters Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes, and the Artful Dodger, to name a few Dickens's second novel is a compelling social satire that has remained popular since it was first serialized in 1837-39.

The text for this Modern Library Paperback Classic is taken from the 1846 New Edition, revised and corrected by the author. It includes new explanatory notes and an appendix, A Brief History of the English Poor Laws.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: London (England) Fiction, Criminals Fiction, Orphans Fiction