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Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) Hardcover – September 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics Hardcover; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192499
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.


Philip Horne has spent a decade looking at the thousands of James's letters in archives in the United States and Europe. A Reader in English Literature at University College, London, he is the author of Henry James and Revision and the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of James's The Tragic Muse.
Philip Horne has spent a decade looking at the thousands of James's letters in archives in the United States and Europe. A Reader in English Literature at University College, London, he is the author of Henry James and Revision and the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of James's The Tragic Muse.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angry Panda on February 23, 2011
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Dickens' Oliver Twist is, of course, wonderful, deserving all the fame and fondness that it has garnered over the years. I'll instead focus on this Penguins Classics edition, which may interest those looking for a hardcover of the novel. The cover is nicely decorated and textured, the paper is high quality, the introduction and notes are informative, and the illustrations are wonderful. But there are two negatives. First and foremost, the font is smaller than average and a strain on the eyes after a while. I also purchased Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma from the same Penguin series, and their fonts are larger and easier on the eyes--what you would expect in typical hardcovers. I wish they had used the same font here. Second, and again in contrast to the Austen novels, the ink for the marvelous watches on the cover smudges a little, and is (as another reviewer noted) lifted partly off with the sticker on the back. This is not a big deal for me, but may be for others. Otherwise, this is a fine edition that looks great on the shelf and is a pleasure to peruse. Just remember to give your eyes more frequent breaks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Larson on January 30, 2011
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This is a review of the Penguin Classics edition of Oliver Twist with the cover designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. I won't discuss the text here -- except to say that if you like Dickens, this is for you -- just the edition.

First of all, it has the full double-handful of Penguin extras: scholarly introduction, author's introduction, notes on the text, a glossary of thieves' terms, a map of 1800s London, alternative text fragments from other editions, and, of course, illustrations.

Second, Bickford-Smith's cover is just as lovely as it looks online. The pattern is printed directly onto the cover (rather than on a dust jacket), and if you can't quite tell from the image, it's printed in dark green on creamy white, with a matching green ribbon bookmark.

I only have a few issues: one, Amazon put a sticker on the back which slightly removed part of the design when I peeled it off. It was not stuck very tightly, so this makes me a little nervous about how long the design is going to stay on the cover before it starts to rub off. Two, the binding is glued, rather than sewn, which is a little less long-lasting, I think.

But on the whole, these are lovely editions, and I think they're well worth the Amazon price. I'm only knocking off the fifth star because of Amazon's sticker on the back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brado on September 14, 2012
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This book serves better as a decoration piece than one you want to spend time passing around to friends. Not that the content of the book isn't worth reading, you just don't want to ruin the aesthetic quality of this book.

If you are buying the book to simply read there are cheaper versions out there. But if you want to add quality and smart decor to your home this is a great purchase.

The cover looks better in person than online. Quality product.
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By Sarabelle88 on January 9, 2014
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I'm in love with the Penguin Clothbound Classics line. Gorgeous, collectable books inside and out. The introductions are fantastic and informative. Hope to see more in this line in the future!
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