Hard Times: For these Times [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1854, Hard Times is a profoundly moving, articulate and searing indictment of the life-reducing effects of the industrial revolution, and certain aspects of enlightenment thinking. Set in the fictional midlands mill-town of Coketown, the narrative centers on the industrialist, Mr Thomas Gradgrind, whose belief in scientific utilitarianism skews his world view and is a motive force, carrying the narrative towards farce and tragedy.

Gradgrind's no-nonsense ...

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Overview

First published in 1854, Hard Times is a profoundly moving, articulate and searing indictment of the life-reducing effects of the industrial revolution, and certain aspects of enlightenment thinking. Set in the fictional midlands mill-town of Coketown, the narrative centers on the industrialist, Mr Thomas Gradgrind, whose belief in scientific utilitarianism skews his world view and is a motive force, carrying the narrative towards farce and tragedy.

Gradgrind's no-nonsense abhorrence of 'fancy' extends to his implementing an ambitious education scheme that aims to exclude all 'nonsense' and keep the minds of young people focused squarely on facts.

The book is ultimately an argument in favor of fancy and radical thinking, and a damning critique of industrial capitalism and its exploitation and repression of the workers whose lives were spent (literally) in sustaining the system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781775411130
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

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In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    A bad copy

    Bad copy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Sigh nevermind. v.v

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Raw

    x R R<BR>R RR RR<br>r Rr Rr

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Luna

    LOATHE STOP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Silverbullet

    Hey Optimus! It's me. What up?
    ~{•Silverbullet•}

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Wolverine

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Hooded figure

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Wolerine

    Kk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Bloodshot

    She loooks down at her baby girl. Weres daddy ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Bloodshot

    Coookie!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Hammerhand

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Copycat

    Everyone say goodnight. BYE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Arcee

    No nite. Stay up ALLLLL NITE!

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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Copycat

    We have midterms. :P

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