Hard Times

ISBN-10: 0679413235
ISBN-13: 9780679413233
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Description: Set amid smokestacks and factories, Charles Dickens7;s Hard Times is a blistering portrait of Victorian England as it struggles with the massive economic turmoil brought on by the Industrial Revolution. Championing the mind-numbing materialism of  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/2/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Set amid smokestacks and factories, Charles Dickens7;s Hard Times is a blistering portrait of Victorian England as it struggles with the massive economic turmoil brought on by the Industrial Revolution. Championing the mind-numbing materialism of the period is Thomas Gradgrind, one of Dickens7;s most vivid characters. He opens the novel by arguing that boys and girls should be taught 0;nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.1; Forbidding the development of imagination, Gradgrind is ultimately forced to confront the results of his philosophy-his own daughter7;s terrible unhappiness. Full of suspense, humor, and tenderness, Hard Times is a brilliant defense of art in an age of mechanism.

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.

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