An orphan from birth, Oliver finds himself a naive youth in London's seedy slums with depraved villains as associates. Will his basic good nature overcome their influence or is he doomed to hang with them? The Wordsworth edition contains period black and white illustrations, an introduction, notes and a glossary; 373 pgs, pb. The Sterling edition is hardcover and contains discussion questions; 449 pgs. The Dover Thrift edition is "no frills," 346 pgs, pb.