Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

By Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of Dickens’s most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, "Please, sir, I want some more." After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured readers’ imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time—the terrifying Bill Sikes. Rife with Dickens’s disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation—and the shocking discovery of his true identity. Features illustrations by George Cruikshank. Jill Muller was born in England and educated at Mercy College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Mercy College and Columbia University. She is working on a book on the Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, to be published by Routledge.

Table of Contents
  • Chapter I
    • Treats Of The Place Where Oliver Twist Was Born And Of The Circumstances Attending His Birth
  • Chapter II
    • Treats Of Oliver Twist’s Growth, Education, And Board
  • Chapter III
    • Relates How Oliver Twist Was Very Near Getting A Place Which Would Not Have Been a Sinecure
  • Chapter IV
    • Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First Entry Into Public Life
  • Chapter V
    • Oliver Mingles With New Associates. Going To A Funeral For The First Time, He Forms An Unfavourable Notion Of His Master’s Business
  • Chapter VI
    • Oliver, Being Goaded By The Taunts of Noah, Rouses Into Action, And Rather Astonishes Him
  • Chapter VII
    • Oliver Continues Refractory
  • Chapter VIII
    • Oliver Walks To London. He Encounters On The Road A Strange Sort Of Young Gentleman
  • Chapter IX
    • Containing Further Particulars Concerning The Pleasant Old Gentleman, And His Hopeful Pupils
  • Chapter X
    • Oliver Becomes Better Acquainted With The Characters Of His New Associates; And Purchases Experience At A High Price. Being A Short, But Very Important Chapter, In This History
  • Chapter XI
    • Treats of Mr. Fang The Police Magistrate; And Furnishes A Slight Specimen Of His Mode of Adminstering Justice
  • Chapter XII
    • In Which Oliver Is Taken Better Care Of Than He Ever Was Before. And In Which The Narrative Reverts To The Merry Old Gentleman And His Youthful Friends
  • Chapter XIII
    • Some New Acquaintances Are Introduced To The Intelligent Reader, Connected With Whom Various Pleasant Matters Are Related, Appertaining To This History
  • Chapter XIV
    • Compromising Further Particulars Of Oliver’s Stay At Mr. Brownlow’s With The Remarkable Prediction Which One Mr. Grimwig Uttered Concerning Him, When He Went Out On An Errand
  • Chapter XV
    • Showing How Very Fond of Oliver Twist, The Merry Old Jew And Miss Nancy Were
  • Chapter XVI
    • Relates What Became Of Oliver Twist, After He Had Been Claimed By Nancy
  • Chapter XVII
    • Oliver’s Destiny Continuing Unpropitious, Brings A Great Man To London To Injure His Reputation
  • Chapter XVIII
    • How Oliver Passed His Time In The Improving Society Of His Reputable Friends
  • Chapter XIX
    • In Which A Notable Plan Is Discusses And Determined On
  • Chapter XX
    • Wherein Oliver Is Delivered Over To Mr. William Sikes
  • Chapter XXI
    • The Expedition
  • Chapter XXII
    • The Burglary
  • Chapter XXIII
    • Which Contains The Substance Of A Pleasant Conversation Between Mr. Bumble And A Lady; And Shows That Even A Beadle May Be Susceptible On Some Points
  • Chapter XXIV
    • Treats On A Very Poor Subject, But Is A Short One, And May Be Found Of Importance In This History
  • Chapter XXV
    • Wherein This History Reverts to Mr. Fagin And Company
  • Chapter XXVI
    • In Which A Mysterious Character Appears Upon The Scene; And Many Things, Inseperable From This History, Are Done And Performed
  • Chapter XXVII
    • Atones For The Unpoliteness Of A Former Chapter, Which Deserted A Lady, Most Unceremoniously
  • Chapter XXVIII
    • Looks After Oliver, And Proceeds With His Adventures
  • Chapter XXIX
    • Has An Introductory Account Of The Inmates Of The House, To Which Oliver Resorted
  • Chapter XXX
    • Relates What Oliver’s New Visitors Thought Of Him
  • Chapter XXXI
    • Involves A Critical Position
  • Chapter XXXII
    • Of The Happy Life Oliver Began To Lead With His Kind Friends
  • Chapter XXXIII
    • Wherein The Happiness Of Oliver And His Friends, Experiences A Sudden Check
  • Chapter XXXIV
    • Contains Some Introductory Particulars Relative To A Young Gentleman Who Now Arrives Upon The Scene; And A New Adventure Which Happened To Oliver
  • Chapter XXXV
  • Chapter XXXVI
    • Is A Very Short One, And May Appear Of No Great Importance In Its Place, But It Should Be Read Notwithstanding, As A Sequel To The Last, And A Key To One That Will Follow When Its Time Arrives
  • Chapter XXXVII
    • In Which The Reader May Perceive A Contrast, Not Uncommon In Matrimonial Cases
  • Chapter XXXVIII
    • Containing An Account Of What Passed Between MR. And Mrs. Bumble, And Mr. Monks, At Their Nocturnal Interview
  • Chapter XXXIX
    • Introduces Some Respectable Characters With Whom The Reader Is Already Acquainted, And Shows How Monks And The Jew Laid Their Worthy Heads Together
  • Chapter XL
    • A Strange Interview, Which Is A Sequel To The Last Chamber
  • Chapter XLI
    • Containing Fresh Discoveries, And Showing That Suprises, Like Misfortunes, Seldom Come Alone
  • Chapter XLII
    • An Old Acquaintance Of Oliver’s, Exhibiting Decided Marks Of Genius, Becomes A Public Character In The Metropolis
  • Chapter XLIII
    • Wherein Is Shown How The Artful Dodger Got Into Trouble
  • Chapter XLIV
    • The Time Arrives For Nancy To Redeem Her Pledge To Rose Maylie. She Fails
  • Chapter XLV
    • Noah Claypole Is Employed By Fagin On A Secret Mission
  • Chapter XLVI
    • The Appointment Kept
  • Chapter XLVII
    • Fatal Consequences
  • Chapter XLVIII
    • The Flight Of Sikes
  • Chapter XLIX
    • Monks And Mr. Brownlow At Length Meet. Their Conversation, And The Intelligence That Interrupts It
  • Chapter L
    • The Pursuit And Escape
  • Chapter LI
    • Affording An Explanation Of More Mysterious Than One, And Comprehending A Proposal Of Marriage With No Word Of Settlement Or Pin-Money
  • Chapter LII
    • Fagin’s Last Night Alive
  • Chapter LIII
    • And Last
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