Hard Times

ISBN-10: 1593081561
ISBN-13: 9781593081560
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Description: Set amid smokestacks and factories,Charles Dickens’sHard Timesis 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638

Set amid smokestacks and factories,Charles Dickens’sHard Timesis 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 Dickens’s most vivid characters. He opens the novel by arguing that boys and girls should be taught “nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.” Forbidding the development of imagination, Gradgrind is ultimately forced to confront the results of his philosophy—his own daughter’s terrible unhappiness. Full of suspense, humor, and tenderness,Hard Timesis 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.

Introduction
Note on the Text
A Chronology of Charles Dickens
the One Thing Needful
Sowing
Murdering the Innocents
a Loophole
Mr. Bounderby
the Key-Note
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
Down
Another Thing Needful
Garnering
Very Ridiculous
Very Decided
Lost
Found
the Starlight
Philosophical
Final
Appendix: Dickens's Working Notes for Hard Times
Explanatory Notes
Further Reading

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