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Date: Thu, 01 Jun 1995 21:27:16 -0400
From: David Paroissien <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Ikey S., yes, Fagin, no



          I read with interest the information relating to Ikey Solomons,
          the name of the infamous London fence, convicted and transported
          in 1830.  The assumption, however, that Solomons served as the
          prototype
          of Dickens's fence in Oliver Twist, has been questioned and
          effectively challenged by several people.  See, for example,
          J. J. Tobias, Prince of Fences: the Life and Crimes of Ikey
          Solomons, London, 1974.  David Paroissien's Annotated Bibliography
          of Oliver Twist (1986) notes several entries on this topic as
          well.  David Paroissien