Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens

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Oliver Twist was written by Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic. He is known as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. It was his second novel and was finished in September 1838. Dickens was writing two novels at the same time, The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Oliver Twist, tells of the complicated life of an orphan, Oliver, living in the streets of London. The story was inspired by Dickens childhood poverty where he had to get by on his own and earn his own way. Dickens continued writing about Oliver Twist in the magazines, Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens also wrote the classics David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. Oliver Twist takes place in England primarily in London and nearby Villages such as Chertsey in the 1830 's.
The main character is Oliver Twist, a gentle child hero. Oliver is a small, orphan boy born in a workhouse and his mother, Agnes Fleming dies after giving birth. His father is not known in the beginning, but is later discovered to be Edwin Leeford. Since he has no father and his mother died, Oliver is put in a juvenile home that treats him and the other boys badly by beating and locking them in a coal cellar. Oliver is between nine and twelve years old. His true identity is the mystery of the book.
Some of the many important minor characters include Fagin: who is an evil head criminal with features like the devil. He is hired by Monks to bring Oliver into a life of crime. Later, he is…
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