by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist Resources
Movie or TV Productions
This production came out in 2005.
This one has a great cast, including Keira Knightley as Rose, and Andy Serkis as Bill Sikes.
Oliver Twist was adapted as a musical in 1968. This is the most famous film version of the musical – it won 5 Oscars.
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Mayhew was a buddy of Dickens. He was also a journalist and kind of an amateur sociologist – he visited all the dodgy parts of London and interviewed real criminals, prostitutes, and various other seedy characters from the London underworld. This book is a collection of a lot of his articles from just around the period of Oliver Twist.
This book shows how the novel itself can be seen as a mechanism for a kind of social control. Miller talks a lot about Oliver Twist and some of the issues of confinement and power that are discussed elsewhere in this module.
This is a good and readable history of the Newgate novel, and should provide some useful context if you’re interested in crime fiction.
This is a history book that focuses more on the eighteenth century than the nineteenth, but it’s easy to read and gives some great background info on crime and punishment during the period.