Oliver Twist A facsimile edition of "The Nonsuch Dickens"
Author: Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Publisher/Date: Overlook Press (c. 2005) This edition published in 2008. It is a facsimile edition of "The Nonsuch Dickens" published in 1937.
Format/Condition: New quarter leather and linen cloth hardcover book with gilt lettering and a wrap around band in a clear acetate dust jacket in Fine condition. Ribbon bookmark. 419 pages. Dimensions: 7 x 10 1/4 x 1 inches. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrated with some black-and-white line drawings.
Description: One of the first English novels to feature a child as its protagonist, Oliver Twist, published in 1838, moves through the Victorian underworld to tell a suspenseful tale of innocence threatened-yet ultimately triumphant. Mining memories of his own youth to imagine the experiences of the foundling Oliver, Dickens creates a heartbreaking drama full of unforgettable characters, from the rascal antics of street urchin the Artful Dodger and the manipulative seediness of Fagin to the kindness of prostitute Nancy and the innocence of Oliver, who escapes the horrors of the workhouse only to find himself taken in by a den of thieves in London's underworld.
The legendary "Nonesuch Dickens", issued in the 1930s, presented the writing of the foremost English novelist in its most distinguished format. Upon its original publication, the set was hailed as "one of the most glorious publishing achievements of our time." Now the peerless Nonesuch standards have been revived in new editions of Dickens most beloved works, introducing a new generation of readers to these masterpieces of literature, illustration and book design.