Hard Times  -     By: Charles Dickens
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Hard Times

Simon & Schuster / 2006 / Paperback

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Dickens's most scathing portrait of the effects of Victorian industrialism, he sets Hard Times against the manufacturing center of "Coketown," where the upper class' superiority towards the working class is illustrated through those who "knew of their existence by hundreds and by thousands...[and] scarcely thought of separating them into units, than of separating the sea itself into its component drops." This story of a fanatically practical man who raised his children only according to facts, the cracks in his philosophy surface as his children become morally unfounded and slowly drift into ruin.

426 pages, softcover. Simon & Schuster Edition. Discussion question, explanatory notes, and overview of key themes included. Complete & Unabridged.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 528
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1416523731
ISBN-13: 9781416523734
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Series: Enriched Classics

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This story of class conflict in Victorian England serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution.

THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:

• A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information
• A chronology of the author's life and work
• A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
• An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations
• Detailed explanatory notes
• Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work
• Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction
• A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience

Author Bio

Charles Dickens (1821-1870) used his fiction to criticize the injustices of his time, especially the brutal treatment of the poor. He is also the author of Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. He was born in Portsmouth, England.

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