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 the Modern Library Paperback
Classic (shown below) 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."
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