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Hard Times (Norton Critical Editions)

9780393975604

Hard Times (Norton Critical Editions)

  • ISBN 13:

    9780393975604

  • ISBN 10:

    0393975606

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/19/2000
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Newer Edition

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Summary

Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens's weekly magazine, "Household Words, Hard Times" was a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have expected from the beloved author of "The Pickwick Papers" and "The Old Curiosity Shop," Compressed, stark, allegorical, it is a bitter expose of capitalist exploitation during the industrial revolution-and a fierce denunciation of the philosophy of materialism, which threatens the human imagination in all times and places. With a typically unforgettable cast of characters-including the heartless fact-worshipper Mr. Gradgrind, the warmly endearing Sissy Jupe, and the eternally noble Stephen Blackpool-"Hard Times" carries a uniquely powerful message and remains one of the most widely read of Dickens's major novels.

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