Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oliver Twist's workhouse?

Perhaps. Historian Ruth Richardson 'has identified the model for the workhouse in Oliver Twist – and that the building in central London is now facing demolition. The irony is that, given Dickens's feelings about workhouses, he may well not have been supportive of the campaign to preserve it.' Whether this really is the model for Oliver Twist is debatable; the real story here is the insight into Dickens youth, regardless of the place of this building in it. Link.

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