Characters in the Story

Harry Furniss

Ornamental title-page for Dickens's Oliver Twist in the Educational Book Company's Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910).

Whereas the monthly parts of the original Dickens serials, beginning with The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Papers in April 1836, were contained within a green monthly wrapper whose face bore vignettes often relevant to the story as it would unfold over nineteen months, The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress began life in the February 1837 number of Bentley's Miscellany. Consequently, Furniss was not able to work from his usual model for his elaborately framed title-page, and had to rely instead upon the 1846 Chapman and Hall wrapper which George Cruikshank designed for the "re-serialisation" of the revised text in monthly parts.

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