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Author: Charles Dickens

Years Published: 1837–39

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

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Oliver Twist is told from a third-person point of view with an omniscient, or all-knowing, narrator. This choice allows Dickens to accomplish several authorial goals: revealing interior thought processes and various emotions, adding commentary on characters, and editorializing on the events of the story and early 19th-century English society.


Oliver Twist is written in the past tense.


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