Hard Times

ISBN-10: 0553210165
ISBN-13: 9780553210163
Edition: 1964
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Description: Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens’s weekly magazine,Household Words, Hard Timeswas a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have  More...

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Book details

List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 1964
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens’s weekly magazine,Household Words, Hard Timeswas a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have expected from the beloved author ofThe Pickwick PapersandThe Old Curiosity Shop. Compressed, stark, allegorical, it is a bitter exposé of capitalist exploitation during the industrial revolution–and a fierce denunciation of the philosophy of materialism, which threatens the human imagination in all times and places. With a typically unforgettable cast of characters–including the heartless fact-worshipper Mr. Gradgrind, the warmly endearing Sissy Jupe, and the eternally noble Stephen Blackpool–Hard Timescarries a uniquely powerful message and remains one of the most widely read of Dickens’s major novels.

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.

Sowing
The One Thing Needful
Murdering the Innocents
A Loophole
Mr. Bounderby
The Keynote
Sleary's Horsemanship
Mrs. Sparsit
Never Wonder
Sissy's Progress
Stephen Blackpool
No Way Out
The Old Woman
Rachael
The Great Manufacturer
Father and Daughter
Husband and Wife
Reaping
Effects in the Bank
Mr. James Harthouse
The Whelp
Men and Brothers
Men and Masters
Fading Away
Gunpowder
Explosion
Hearing the Last of It
Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase
Lower and Lower
Down
Garnering
Another Thing Needful
Very Ridiculous
Very Decided
Lost
Found
The Starlight
Whelp-hunting
Philosophical
Final

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