Oliver Twist; Or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. A Tale of Two Cities.

“PLEASE, SIR, I WANT SOME MORE”: Finely Bound example of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and a Tale of Two Cities

Oliver Twist; Or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. A Tale of Two Cities.

DICKENS, Charles.

Item Number: 105620

London: Chapman and Hall, C. 1890.

Finely bound compilation of two of Dickens’ best-known novels. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red and green morocco spine labels, all edges marbled, illustrated by George Cruikshank and H.K. Browne, frontispieces to both titles, tissue-guarded frontispiece to A Tale of Two Cities. In very good condition.

Dickens' Oliver Twist first appeared in 1838. From the gaiety of The Pickwick Papers (1836-37) "Dickens turned in Oliver Twist to the novel of crime and terror… Some characters are drawn with humorous realism, but for the most part humor is dimmed by gloomy memories of the author's own neglected childhood and sensational scenes are shrouded in an atmosphere genuinely eerie and sinister… That Dickens shared with his contemporaries the conviction that the novel should be an instrument of social reform is evident in Oliver Twist" (Baugh, 1346). First published in 1859, the most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a professional resurrectionist, an authentic ogress, and an antihero as convincingly flawed as any in modern literature.

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