Charles Dickens second novel, Oliver twist, or the parish boys progress, was first published as a serial (in months Y instalments) in the magazine bentleys miscellany from February 1837 to April 1839. The novel was inspired by Robert blincoes account of his childhood spent in a cotton Mill. Oliver twist, an orphan, is born in a W orkhouse and later sold off into an apprenticeship. Dickens situates his protagonist amid the squalid lives of beggars, criminals and petty thieves. Trapped in a world of corruption and poverty, Oliver with his pure heart is rewarded with a fair ytale ending. The dark reality of child labour, the effects of industrialisation and the condition of orphans in London in the mid-19th century Y form the crux of Dickens heartrending novel.