Oliver Twist by Charles DickensA gripping portrayal of Londons dark criminal underbelly, published in Penguin Classics with an introduction by Philip Horne.
The story of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath - shocked readers when it was published. After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bulls Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
This Penguin Classics edition of Oliver Twist is the first critical edition to faithfully reproduce the text as its earliest readers would have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentleys Miscellany, and includes an introduction by Philip Horne, a glossary of Victorian thieves slang, a chronology of Dickenss life, a map of contemporary London and all of George Cruikshanks original illustrations.
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Oliver Twist 1948
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Some places will look familiar., For the last years most critics and scholars have dismissed the shocking Bill Sikes and Nancy murder scene in Oliver Twist as over the top, while stage and film adaptations shy away from including it in its full, unexpurgated horror.
Sullivan Mr Bumble. Orphaned Oliver Twist runs away from the harsh workhouse to seek his fortune in London, but quickly gets caught up in a gang of pickpockets led by the sinister Fagin. David Lean 's second attempt to bring Dickens to the screen is no less detailed in terms of sheer cinematic craft than its predecessor, Great Expectations Oliver Twist is a visually lavish spectacle which demonstrates a meticulous sense of planning and foresight. Occasionally, however, Lean 's attention to clear visual storytelling, and his skilful composition of each shot, is at the expense of the kind of pictorial characterisation which Dickens revelled in. However, other strengths make the film a classic of British cinema. Chief among these is Alec Guinness 's performance as Fagin.