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Hard Times: Premium Edition (Unabridged and Illustrated) [Optimized for Nook and Sony-compatible]
     

Hard Times: Premium Edition (Unabridged and Illustrated) [Optimized for Nook and Sony-compatible]

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by Charles Dickens
 

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This is the BEST version of Hard Times available for your Nook. This edition is unabridged and includes the original illustrations from the first publication of this work, by artist Harry French. In addition, this ebook has been meticulously proofed for formatting errors and includes a working Table of Contents with selectable links. As with all Codex Ebooks, this

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This is the BEST version of Hard Times available for your Nook. This edition is unabridged and includes the original illustrations from the first publication of this work, by artist Harry French. In addition, this ebook has been meticulously proofed for formatting errors and includes a working Table of Contents with selectable links. As with all Codex Ebooks, this edition is DRM-free, which means you can also read it on your Sony Reader, Kobo Reader or any ebook reading device that can display ePub files.

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Hard Times - For These Times (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book appraises English society and is aimed at highlighting the social and economic pressures of the times.

The Utilitarians were one of the targets of this novel. Utilitarianism was a prevalent school of thought during this period, its most famous proponents being Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Theoretical Utilitarian ethics hold that promotion of general social welfare is the ultimate goal for the individual and society in general: "the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people." Dickens believed that in practical terms, the pursuit of a totally rationalized society could lead to great misery.

Dickens was appalled by what was, in his interpretation, a selfish philosophy, which was combined with materialist laissez-faire capitalism in the education of some children at the time, as well as in industrial practices. In Dickens' interpretation, the prevalence of utilitarian values in educational institutions promoted contempt between mill owners and workers, creating young adults whose imaginations had been neglected, due to an over-emphasis on facts at the expense of more imaginative pursuits.

Dickens wished to satirize radical Utilitarians whom he described in a letter to Charles Knight as "see[ing] figures and averages, and nothing else." He also wished to campaign for reform of working conditions. Dickens had visited factories in Manchester as early as 1839, and was appalled by the environment in which workers toiled. Drawing upon his own childhood experiences, Dickens resolved to "strike the heaviest blow in my power" for those who laboured in horrific conditions.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012554741
Publisher:
Codex Ebook Services
Publication date:
12/31/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Author:

Charles Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.

Many of his novels, with their recurrent concern for social reform, first appeared in magazines in serialized form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialization, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

His work has been praised for its mastery of prose and unique personalities by writers such as George Gissing, Leo Tolstoy and G. K. Chesterton.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Hard Times 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is typical Dickens where many subplots are interwoven into an overall main plot. Many subtle moral implications are made about the characters and subject matter.
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Bad copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't quite understand the plot of the book so far. If you have read the book before, can you please spoil it a bit for me? If so, respond to #equestria
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THEY'RE AT ANOTHER BOOK, FIND IT!!!
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Sigh nevermind. v.v
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This is really a good book, even from the description I knew it would be great and so it is. This is the most best books I've ever read :)
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all the free dickens books have screwed up text. please fix them. I down loaded hard times, and got screwed up text from domby and son.
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NancyLuvsReading More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book as I would all Dickens books. The true intention of the book is there in all the amazing characters that Dickens invents and the predicaments that are their's due to life circumstances and their own actions. Dickens always comes up with appropriate names for some of his characters as in McChoakamchild as a teachers name. I found that to be very amusing and too true in some instances of my own life. As for the accents and so called run on sentences well, practice the accents outloud till you get them. Any education, and that's what I consider reading books of another time period as, is worth the practice and little bit of work to obtain such enjoyment.
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UniCacher More than 1 year ago
The prospect of millions of free titles may seem appealing, but you get what you pay for. In this case, the first paragraph alone indicates the value you receive for zero dollars. Nearly every other word is mis-scanned, rendering the text virtually unreadable. Don't waste time on the free texts. Spend a dollar to get a version that is edited and contains a functional table of contents.
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