Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist is one of the most significant novels of the Victorian era and having been adapted for both stage and screen, retains its impact in the cultural consciousness of many nations. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Dickens' novel includes: - extensive introductory comment on the contexts, critical history and interpretations of the text, from publication to the present - annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself - cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism - suggestions for further reading. Part of the "Routledge Guides to Literature" series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning a detailed study of Oliver Twist and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Dickens' text.
Juliet John is senior lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Liverpool. She has published several books on Dickens and on Nineteenth-Century Culture.