Hard Times

ISBN-10: 0321107217
ISBN-13: 9780321107213
Edition: 2004
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Description: In the latest addition to the Longman Cultural Edition series, Jeff Nunokawa and Gage McWeeny present Charles Dickens' Hard Times in several provocative and illuminating contextscultural, critical, and literary. Based on the first edition, Hard  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.20
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In the latest addition to the Longman Cultural Edition series, Jeff Nunokawa and Gage McWeeny present Charles Dickens' Hard Times in several provocative and illuminating contextscultural, critical, and literary. Based on the first edition, Hard Times is informatively annotated with a lively introduction and helpful notes on cultural references, social and political mores, literary allusions, and unfamiliar word usage. In addition to a chronology coordinating Dickens' life with key historical events, the editors explore the political, economical, educational, and social state of England in the 1830s and 1840s. Many of these issues are reflected in the section of Victorian-era reactions to Hard Times. A guide to further reading is provided as a service to students, scholars, and the curious.

Jeff Nunokawa teaches English literature at Princeton University and lives in Princeton and New York.

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

List of Illustrations
About Longman Cultural Editions
About This Edition
Introduction
Table of Dates
Hard Times (1854)
Contexts
Condition of England
from Sybil, or the Two Nations (1845)
from The Condition of the Working Class in 1844 (1845; English translation, 1892)
"Midas" and from "Gospel of Mammonism," from Past and Present (1843)
from "On Strike" (1854)
from The Communist Manifesto (1848; English translation published 1888)
Utilitarianism, Political Economy, and Its Discontents
from An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)
from "Bentham" (1838) and "Coleridge" (1840)
"Captains of Industry" from Past and Present (1843)
from "Signs of the Times" (1829)
Education
"Preface" from A Series of Lessons (1831)
from Autobiography (1873)
"Of an Educational Character," from Our Mutual Friend (1865)
Victorian Reactions to Hard Times
the Examiner (September 9, 1854)
from a review in The Rambler
Westminster Review, (October 1854)
"A Note on Hard Times." Cornhill Magazine (August 1860)
from Atlantic Monthly (March 1877)
from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (April 1855)
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