Oliver Twist (e-text)
The text of Oliver Twist stored in the electronic text center at the University of Virginia.
General Dickens Sites
The Dickens Project at the University of California/Santa Cruz
The Dickens Project site is the Web presence for the world's leading center for Dickens studies. It is home to Dickens SearchWorks, a keyword-searchable archive of Dickens's writings. (Currently, only Bleak House is cataloged in SearchWorks.) Other online resources include a Dickens biography, teacher guides, and contact information for Dickens study clubs, or "fellowships," around the world.
Mitsuharu Matsuoka's Charles Dickens Page
This English-language site at Nagoya University in Japan includes links to e-texts of Dickens's works, critical essays, readers' guides, and a bibliography. Some destinations (notably, a Dickens discussion board) require a Japanese browser.
David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page
This site, from a Dickens aficionado, provides links to a Dickens timeline, a London map, and in-depth character descriptions from a wide selection of Dickens novels. Since its debut in 1997, this site has won notice from assorted British and American organizations, and several school, curriculum and teacher resource portals link to it.
A comprehensive site with links to memoirs by his children of Dickens the man, and other sites devoted to his works. There are some illustrations and a few critical essays. The page is created independently by Ritva Raesmaa, a librarian at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
BBC Online: "Dickens" search
Numerous links to Dickens-related information, including biographical essays, commentaries and criticisms of many novels.
The Philadelphia Branch of the Charles Dickens Fellowship
This site's strongest features are the notes on local club activities. The meeting minutes gathered in their "BuzFuz Bulletin," for example, incorporate extensive passages from Dickens's private papers. Don't miss the letter Dickens wrote to a young boy who had offered suggestions on how best to reward and punish assorted characters in Nicholas Nickleby.
A learning resource for school-age children that has kids surf the net and complete "missions" that eventually help solve the "Dickens mystery." The site is created and maintained by SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources).
A Project Gutenberg e-text of David Copperfield
Other Dickens works available through Project Gutenberg include:
Charles Dickens Gad's Hill Place
A fun site that provides online games, quotations, and fun facts about Dickens's life and works. The site is designed and maintained by Perry Web Consulting as a demonstration of their services. The site has earned recognition from several design organizations.
George Cruikshank: Images on the Internet
This switchboard page in the online Artcyclopedia links to many sites that display the art of George Cruikshank, Dickens's most familiar illustrator.
Victorian Era Sites
The Victorian Web
Hosted at Brown University, created in 1985 by Professor George P. Landow, the Victorian Web is a Web-based resource for all the English literature courses at Brown that tap the period. Its content addresses the social, literary and economic tenor of the times. It is searchable, and includes both a bibliograpy and a list of additional Web resources.
The British Poor Laws
The British Poor Laws established the social machinery Dickens reacts to in his novels. This site explains the laws, describes the conditions that gave rise to them, and links to related online resources.
Greenwood's London Map
Greenwood's map of London is a detailed, high-resolution map of London from 1827. It offers a list of place names -- many of which appear in Oliver Twist -- which link directly to a detailed panel on the map. The site was created by Bath Spa University College.
Reynolds' Map of London
This map depicts London in 1859. It is a detailed map in high-resolution color. The site is maintained by UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.
Ackroyd, Peter. Dickens. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Collins, Phillip. "Dickens and the City." Visions of the Modern City: Essays in History, Art, and Literature. Ed. William Sharpe and Leonard Wallock. New York: Proceedings of the Heyman Center for the Humanities/Columbia University, 1983. 97-117.
Davis, Paul. Charles Dickens A to Z: the essential reference to his life and work. Checkmark Books, 1998.
Dickens, Mary Angela and Charles. Children's Stories from Dickens. Derrydale, 1998.
Epstein, Norrie. The Friendly Dickens: Being a Good-Natured Guide to the Art and Adventures of the Man Who Invented Scrooge. Viking, 1998.
Forster, John. Life of Charles Dickens. J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1976.
Griest, Guinevere L. Mudie's Circulating Library and the Victorian Novel. Indiana University Press, 1970.
Hardwick, John M. D. and M. G., comp. The Charles Dickens Encyclopedia. New York: Scribner, 1973.
Kaplan, Fred. Dickens. Morrow, 1988.
Martin, Christopher. Dickens. Rourke, 1990.
Patten, Robert L. Charles Dickens and His Publishers. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.
Pool, Daniel. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England. Touchstone Books, 1994.
Porter, Roy. London, a Social History. Harvard University Press, 1998.
Stanley, Diane, and Venemma, Peter. Charles Dickens. Morrow, 1993. (For younger readers)
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