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Oliver Twist

             This books name is "Oliver Twist" and is written by the famous author, "Charles Dickens." This book is certainly a classic and is one of the most fantastic reads. Its basic theme is about a boy called "Oliver Twist.".
             Dickens, Charles (1812-1870), an English author, was born in Portsmouth, and is one of the world's most popular, prolific, and skilled novelists.
             Early Life and Works.
             The son of a naval clerk, Dickens spent his early childhood in London and in Chatham. When he was 12 his father was imprisoned for debt, and Charles was compelled to work in a blacking warehouse. He never forgot this double humiliation. At 17 he was a court stenographer, and later he was an expert parliamentary reporter for the Morning Chronicle. His sketches, mostly of London life, began appearing in periodicals in 1833 and the collection Sketches by Boz (1836) was a success.
             Soon Dickens was commissioned to write burlesque sporting sketches; the result was The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1836-37), which promptly made Dickens and his characters, especially Sam Weller and Mr. Pickwick, famous. In 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth, who was to bear him 10 children; the marriage, however, was never happy. Dickens had a tender regard for Catherine's sister Mary Hogarth, who died young, and a lifelong friendship with another sister, Georgina Hogarth.
             The early-won fame never deserted Dickens. His readers were eager and ever more numerous, and Dickens worked vigorously for them, producing novels that appeared first in monthly installments and then were made into books. Oliver Twist (in book form, 1838) was followed by Nicholas Nickleby (1839) and by two works originally intended to start a series called Master Humphrey's Clock: The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) and Barnaby Rudge (1841).
             Dickens wrote rapidly, sometimes working on more than one novel at a time, and usually finished an installment just when it was due.

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