Oliver Twist was written during Charles Dickens's time living here at 48 Doughty Street. He was just 25 years old and Oliver Twist was his second novel.
As with many of his books, Charles Dickens first published Oliver in small monthly booklets rather than thick finished books. Each monthly part would contain a few chapters at a time (just like we watch a series on television today). This meant that they were much cheaper to buy than a full book, and therefore everybody from factory workers to the queen could afford to read Dickens's popular stories.