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Oliver twist is a fascinating story of a boy who was born orphan in a workhouse of 19th century England. His mother dies after giving birth to him and he spends nine years of his life in a badly managed orphanage before being tendered to his undertaker Mr. Sowerberry who could teach him some trade for a living.
Oliver though has never seen his mother, yet a disparaging comment about her b), his fellow apprentice boy infuriates him to such an extent that he attacks him and is punished in return. Desperate, he runs away and on reaching London falls in the hands of Fagin, a career criminal who along with his accomplices teaches him to pick pockets and burglary.
Oliver's destiny takes him through a maze of events of crime, chasing and tracing. Towards the end, he lands up in hands of Mr. Brownlow, from whom he was separated by his conspirators, and is reunited. Mr. Brownlow helps to trace Oliver's family connections and finally adopts him and they retire to a blissful country life.
About the Author
Charles Dickens began his literary career as a journalist. He published a series of sketches under the pseudonym 'Boz'. In April 1836, he married Catherine Hogarth, daughter of George Hogarth, his editor. This was the time when Pickwick Papers, were published bringing him immense popularity.
Dickens' life has been of rags to riches. Born in 1812 in, Portsmouth, he had to be withdrawn from school because his father was imprisoned for bad debt. Later he worked in a factory in appalling conditions, loneliness and despair. After three years he was returned to school but the experience was. Never forgotten and became fictionalised in two of his better-known novels David Copperfield and Great Expecta¬tions. A writer of inexhaustible energy he was also a theatre enthusiast, wrote plays and performed. He also lectured against slavery in the United States and toured extensible.
He was estranged from his wife in 1858, after the birth of their ten children, maintained relations with his mistress, the actress Ellen Ternan and died of a stroke in 1870.