"Oliver Twist" was Dickens' second novel, and was first published in monthly instalments between February 1837 and April 1839 in "Bentley's Miscellany". It was a great contrast to his first novel, "The Pickwick Papers", and Dickens used it to target the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act which restructured the Work House system as a means of providing assistance for the poor. The novel introduced many famous fictional characters including Oliver himself, Bill Sikes, Nancy and Fagin.

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