The Lost Boys of Mr Dickens

Author: Steve Harris

Publisher: Melbourne Books

ISBN: 1925556417

Category: History

Page: 255

View: 4741

As engrossing as a novel, this story of the death of childhood in the cradle of the world's mightiest empire, and the atmospheric tale of crime and punishment leading to a sensational murder trial is from another time but implicitly raises questions which remain with us today.Steve Harris' book humanises a most bizarre social experiment and brings out its grotesqueness in dramatic form. The tale is so comprehensively and authentically written that it is a service to Australian and British readers.- Tom Keneally, winner of the Booker Prize and Miles Franklin Award

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192833396

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 3455

Based on the author's authoritative Clarendon edition, which uses Dickens' revised text of 1846, this new edition includes his Preface of 1841 and includes all 24 original illustrations by George Cruikshank.

Fagin's Children

Author: Jeannie Duckworth

Publisher: Continuum


Category: History

Page: 258

View: 5704

Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, with Fagin, Sykes, the Artful Dodger, and children trained as pickpockets and sent out as burglar’s accomplices, provides an unforgettable fictional image of the Victorian underworld. Fagin’s Children is an account of the reality of child crime in 19th century Britain and the reaction of the authorities to it. It reveals both the poverty and misery of many children’s lives in the growing industrial cities of Britain and of changing attitudes toward the problem. Inevitably most is known about children who were arrested. While few children were hanged after 1800, their treatment ranged from whipping to imprisonment, sometimes in the hulks, and transportation. Increasingly, elements of training and reclamation came into a system principally aimed at punishment. Fagin's Children is an original and important contrihution both to the history of Victorian crime and to the history of childhood.

The Education of Koko

Author: Francine Patterson,Eugene Linden

Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston


Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 3895

A personal, scientific account of the ground-breaking Project Koko discusses Patterson's controversial experimental program of teaching sign language to an ape.

Silent Partners

Author: Eugene Linden

Publisher: Crown


Category: Psychology

Page: 247

View: 9447

Includes material on Ally, Koko, Lucy, Nim and Washoe.

Oliver Twist

Author: Richard J. Dunn

Publisher: Twayne Publishers


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 115

View: 9633

Dunn uses the author's admission that he put his "whole heart and soul" into the novel's writing to explore the connections between Dickens's own adversity - having to work under wretched conditions in a blacking factory as a boy - and the dire and often life-threatening situations the bastard child Oliver must endure before, as Dickens put it, "trimumphing at last." Taking a controversial and timely subject - England's poor laws, whose debates in Parliament he covered as a court reporter - and a child as his hero, Dickens, Dunn contends, drew together two worlds: the destitute London slums that served as a breeding ground for criminal activity and the innocent world we associate with childhood. Dunn points out that Oliver's "progress" from dark world to light shows, almost paradoxically, that these worlds are linked and will always coexist, however secure one may feel in the latter.

The War Magician

Author: David Fisher

Publisher: Penguin Adult HC/TR


Category: History

Page: 315

View: 4132

Recounts the World War II activities and triumphs of British music-hall illusionist Jasper Maskelyne and his specially trained team, who fought their part of the war with an amazing array of illusions

The Deadly Embrace

Author: Anthony Read,David Fisher

Publisher: N.A


Category: Germany

Page: 687

View: 3296

Fyldig og veldokumenteret redegørelse for den særlige venskabspagt, som Hitler skabte med Stalin 1939-1941 for at holde ryggen fri. Stalin havde dog en skjult dagsorden, han vandt tid til landets krigsforberedelser mod Nazityskland.