Hard Times

ISBN-10: 155111075X
ISBN-13: 9781551110752
Edition: 1996
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Description: This edition of Dickens' novel combines an informative introduction with notes and a wealth of documentary material. It also includes examples from contemporary fiction, enabling readers to place the novel in its Victorian context.

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List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Broadview Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This edition of Dickens' novel combines an informative introduction with notes and a wealth of documentary material. It also includes examples from contemporary fiction, enabling readers to place the novel in its Victorian context.

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.

Graham Law is Senior Lecturer in Statistical Epidemiology, University of Leeds.

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