These records of contributions to the magazine Bentley's Miscellany document Charles Dickens's serial publication of Oliver Twist. Oliver Twist was published by the magazine in parts from 1837-39. The records note the payment for each contribution; for the first part of Oliver Twist Dickens received the second highest payment on record for that issue at £13, 16 shillings.
On f. 27, we see evidence of the overlap between Oliver Twist and William Harrison Ainsworth's Jack Sheppard. Jack Sheppard was a controversial novel that critics accused of glamorising crime and which, due to their appearing in the same magazine and sharing similar subject matter, was inevitably associated with Oliver Twist.
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- Claire Wood
- The novel 1832–1880, The Gothic
Dr Claire Wood examines how Dickens blends multiple genres in Oliver Twist, including melodrama, the Gothic, satire and social commentary.
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- John Sutherland
- The novel 1832–1880
Since the 18th century, parents had been sending their children to notoriously brutal Yorkshire boarding schools. Here Professor John Sutherland examines the depiction of these schools in Dickens’s ‘social problem novel’, Nicholas Nickleby.