`Please, sir, I want some more.' Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on. Fleeing from poverty and hardship, he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go, however hard he tries to escape.In Oliver Twist, Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld, full of prostitutes, thieves and lost and homeless children, and gives a voice to the disadvantaged and abused.
November 2, 2017
About the author
Born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812 on Old Commercial Road, Charles Dickens was a well-known personality and his novels proved immensely popular during his lifetime. His first full novel, The Pickwick Papers, brought him immediate fame, and this success continued throughout his career.
His father, inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, was imprisoned for bad debt and all his family, apart from Charles himself, were sent to Marshalsea prison for his father's crimes. Forced to leave school at the age of 12 for a job in a factory, Dickens based several of his characters on his experiences. He worked 10 hour days at Warren's Blacking Warehouse on Hungerford Stairs, pasting labels onto blacking. The strenuous - and often cruel - work conditions for children made a deep impression on Dickens, and later influenced his fiction and essays.