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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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