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Manuscript fragment of 'Oliver Twist', 1837

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Archives & Manuscripts

Object number (per part)

AA2

Object name (per part)

manuscript

Production person

Charles Dickens

Label

A fragment of the autograph manuscript page of 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens, written in 1837 whilst he was residing at 48 Doughty Street.

This is one page of the 'Oliver Twist' manuscript which was kept by Richard Bentley after the novel was complete. It recounts the climax of a scene where Oliver is mistaken for a pickpocket and chased by a crowd. The first sentence contains a joke about a police officer and the incompetency of law enforcement. Phrases like "Shaking him" are crossed out, indicating Dickens’s attempt to reduce the physical brutality. It ends with Oliver’s first significant experience of kindness when Mr Brownlow pleads "Don’t hurt him!"

Oliver Twist was published in monthly parts from 1837 to 1838.

Physical description

Iron gall ink on cream paper.
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