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Book - “Oliver Twist”
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Title: Book - “Oliver Twist”
Identifier: 979.6.1339
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1910
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A red hard covered book entitled "The Everyman's Library edition of Oliver Twist". The title is in gold on the spine.

Charles John Huffam Dickens, was born 7 February 1812 and died 9 June 1870. His pen-name was Boz. He was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime.Later critics, beginning with George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton, championed his mastery of prose, his endless invention of memorable characters and his powerful social sensibilities, but fellow writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James and Virginia Woolf fault his work for sentimentality, implausible occurrence and grotesque characters. The popularity of Dickens' novels and short stories has meant that not one has ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialised novels, the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories was eagerly anticipated by the reading public.

E. P. Dutton was an American book publishing company founded as a book retailer in Boston, Massachusetts in 1852 by Edward Payson Dutton. The company was originally well known for its publishing of religious tracts. In 1986, the company was acquired by Penguin where it continues to publish quality novels. _

Joseph Malaby Dent founded J.M Dent and Company in 1888. Between 1889 and 1894 the company published contemporary authors in small batches on handmade paper. They were also known for their Temple Shakespeare series in 1894. In 1906 the company began publishing the Everyman’s Library, a series of one thousand classics that were sold at affordable prices. They created Temple Press to create this series. J.M. Dent, his sons Hugh and Jack, and Jack's son F.J. Martin Dent, constituted the board of directors in the 1920s. Hugh Dent joined the firm in 1909 and functioned as an editor for Everyman's Library, it was at this point that the company became J.M Dent & Sons. Jack joined the firm in 1915 and supervised the Temple Press; F.J. Martin Dent came in 1924 and directed the production department. After J.M. Dent's death on 9 May 1926, W.G. Taylor, the secretary of the firm since 1916, joined the board. Hugh R. Dent served as the chairman from 1926 to 1938, followed by Taylor from 1938 to 1963. Taylor was also managing director from 1934 to 1955. F.J. Martin Dent followed Taylor as managing director and chairman. Weidenfeld and Nicholson purchased J.M. Dent & Sons in January 1988 and moved the Dent staff to their offices at 91 Clapham Street, London.
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