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Hard Times For These Times

ISBN-10: 0451526724

ISBN-13: 9780451526724

Edition: 1997

Authors: Charles Dickens, Frederick Busch

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Red brick, machinery, and smoke - darkened chimneys. Reason, facts, and statistics. This is the world of Coketown, the depressed mill town that is the setting for one of Charles Dickens' most powerful and unforgettable novels. The highest priority for Thomas Gradgrind, head of the Gradgrind model day school, is his version of education - feeding the mind of while starving the soul and spirit. Inflexible and unyielding, he places conformity above curiosity and sense over sentiment ... only to find himself betrayed by the very standards that govern his own unhappy life. Hard Times is Dickens' scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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.

Frederick Bush's most recent novel is The Night Inspector, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University.