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Overview

Longman's new Cultural Editions Series, Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, edited by Jeff Nunokawa, includes Books 1-3 of Hard Times and contextual materials on the age of Dickens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321107213
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/9/2003
  • Series: Longman Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 916,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens

Gage McWeeny is Assistant Professor of English at Williams College, where he specializes in Victorian literature and culture. He is the author of articles that have appeared in _Victorian Poetry_ and _Critical Matrix_, and writes cultural criticism for BBC radio. He is currently at work on a book about social theory and Victorian literature called _The Comfort of Strangers: Sociality and Victorian LIterature_.

Jeff Nunokawa specializes in English literature from about 1830 till about 1900 at Princeton University. His first book, The Afterlife of Property, studies how the novels of Dickens and Eliot labor to preserve the idea of secure possession by overseeing its transfer from the sphere of a cold and uncertain economy to a happier realm of romance. Tame Passions of Wilde: Styles of Manageable Desire excavates the aspiration to imagine a form of desire as intense as those that compel us, but as light as the daydream or thought experiment safely under our control. His current project is a book whose working title is "Eros and Isolation: Getting Away from Others in Nineteenth Century Literature." This book brings a range of social theory to bear on writers like Austen, C. Brontë, Thackeray, Dickens and Eliot to figure out why it’s so hard to break free, even for a little while, from the groups that surround and define us. Most generally, he is interested in the ways that various ideas of society clash and collaborate with one another. Before his day is done, he hopes to write a book about Henry James.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

About Longman Cultural Editions.

About This Edition.

Introduction.

Table of Dates.

Hard Times, 1854.

CONTEXTS

Condition of England

Benjamin Disraeli, from Sybil (1845).

Friedrich Engels, from The Condition of the Working Class in 1844.

Thomas Carlyle, from Past and Present (1843).

Charles Dickens, “On Strike” (1854).

Thomas Hood, selected poetry.

Marx, Friedrich, and Engels, from The Communist Manifesto.

Political Economy and its Discontents.

Jeremy Bentham, from An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, Chapter 1; Chapter 5.

John Stuart Mill, “Bentham;” “Coleridge”.

Carlyle, from Past and Present and Signs of the Times.

Education.

J.M. M'Culloch, from A Series of Lessons (1831).

John Stuart Mill, from Autobiography.

Charles Dickens, “Matters Educational,” from Our Mutual Friend (1865).

Herbert Spencer, “What Knowledge is of Most Worth?”(1859).

Victorian Reactions to Hard Times.

Further Reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    thick with subplots

    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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    Posted February 23, 2014

    A bad copy

    Bad copy

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    Posted February 18, 2014

    Sigh nevermind. v.v

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    Posted February 5, 2014

    Also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2015

    EQUESTRIA>very hard to get the plot

    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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    Posted October 16, 2014

    KENNY

    THEY'RE AT ANOTHER BOOK, FIND IT!!!

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    Raw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Hard times for these times

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Luna

    Luna looked at Winter. Are you alright she asked softly. Concern laced her words. I made a promise to Blaze Winter you arnt dying yet. Wheres Kyro.....you two are like joind at the hip?

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    Posted January 24, 2013

    Luna

    LOATHE STOP!

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    Wolverine

    He nodded. Shes been out if it ever since blaze died.

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    Posted January 23, 2013

    Hooded figure

    Laughs grinng. Without yer liitle monkey boy yer ours to kill as we please.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

    Bloodshot

    Coookie!!!!

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    Posted December 17, 2012

    Hammerhand

    *shoves sunstreaker off a cliff* the weak and stupid are weeded out of society.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

    Copycat

    Everyone say goodnight. BYE

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    Posted December 17, 2012

    Arcee

    No nite. Stay up ALLLLL NITE!

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    Posted January 24, 2013

    Winter

    Ill be fine she muttered. Thank you both for helping me.. Kyro has thing to deal with. She looked away she winced when she tryed to move her wings. Great no flying for me she mumblesd sadly.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

    Hammerhand

    Yeah. Thanks. Leave all the dirty work to me. *he bashes sunstreaker's head in with his hammer*

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    Posted December 17, 2012

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    Jamie

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