Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress

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  • Hisup Shin

Oliver Twist, subtitled “The Parish Boy's Progress”, represents a defining moment in Dickens' career since it marks the beginning of his serious commitment to fictional writing. It also displays the first noteworthy appearance of the unique mélange of different outlooks and stylistic approaches that is one of the most often remarked aspects of Dickens's literary works. Published in monthly numbers between 1837 and 1839 – its first complete three-volume edition appearing in 1838 – the novel set the tone of what was to follow in his prolific literary output, as it hinges on the clash between individual desire and harsh social realities, the hallmark of modern realist prose fiction. Noticeably free of the extemporaneous and …

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Shin, Hisup. "Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
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