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Who in the Dickens is Oliver Twiss? Oliver Twist fraud or fan-fiction? Press baron Edward Lloyd caused outrage with his cheap imitations of Dickens’ great novels. "Dickens was obsessed with money and realised he was being ripped off left, right and centre" and took the counterfeits to court. Professr Rohan McWilliam co-edits a new collection of essays about Lloyd. Find out more:
Oliver Twiss and Martin Guzzlewit – the fan fiction that ripped off Dickens theguardian.com

Press baron Edward Lloyd caused outrage with his cheap imitations of Dickens’ great novels – and paved the way for his own hugely popular ‘penny dreadfuls’