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Hard Times.

Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2012.
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"My satire is against those who see figures and averages, and nothing else," proclaimed Charles Dickens in explaining the theme of this classic novel. Published in 1854, the story concerns one Thomas Gradgrind, a "fanatic of the demonstrable fact," who raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a stifling and arid atmosphere of grim practicality. Without a moral compass to guide them, the children sink into lives of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Dickens
ISBN: 1306332966 9781306332965 9780486115108 0486115100
OCLC Number: 868276061
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Note; Dedication; Table of Contents; BOOK THE FIRST SOWING; Chapter I --
The One Thing Needful; Chapter II --
Murdering the Innocents; Chapter III --
A Loophole; Chapter IV --
Mr. Bounderby; Chapter V --
The Key-note; Chapter VI --
Sleary's Horsemanship; Chapter VII --
Mrs. Sparsit; Chapter VIII --
Never Wonder; Chapter IX --
Sissy's Progress; Chapter X --
Stephen Blackpool; Chapter XI --
No Way Out; Chapter XII --
The Old Woman; Chapter XIII --
Rachael; Chapter XIV --
The Great Manufacturer; Chapter XV --
Father and Daughter; Chapter XVI --
Husband and Wife. BOOK THE SECOND REAPINGChapter I --
Effects in the Bank; Chapter II --
Mr. James Harthouse; Chapter III --
The Whelp; Chapter IV --
Men and Brothers; Chapter V --
Men and Masters; Chapter VI --
Fading Away; Chapter VII --
Gunpowder; Chapter VIII --
Explosion; Chapter IV --
Hearing the Last of It; Chapter X --
Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase; Chapter XI --
Lower and Lower; Chapter XII --
Down; BOOK THE THIRD GARNERING; Chapter I --
Another Thing Needful; Chapter II --
Very Ridiculous; Chapter III --
Very Decided; Chapter IV --
Lost; Chapter V --
Found; Chapter VI --
The Starlight; Chapter VII --
Whelp-hunting. Chapter VIII --
PhilosophicalChapter IX --
Final; DOVER -THRIFT -EDITIONS.

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"My satire is against those who see figures and averages, and nothing else," proclaimed Charles Dickens in explaining the theme of this classic novel. Published in 1854, the story concerns one Thomas Gradgrind, a "fanatic of the demonstrable fact," who raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a stifling and arid atmosphere of grim practicality. Without a moral compass to guide them, the children sink into lives of desperation and despair, played out against the grim background of Coketown, a wretched community shadowed by an industrial behemoth. Louisa falls into a loveless marriage with Josiah Bouderby, a vulgar banker, while the unscrupulous Tom, totally lacking in principle, becomes a thief who frames an innocent man for his crime. Witnessing the degradation and downfall of his children, Gradgrind realizes that his own misguided principles have ruined their lives. Considered Dickens' harshest indictment of mid-19th-century industrial practices and their dehumanizing effects, this novel offers a fascinating tapestry of Victorian life, filled with the richness of detail, brilliant characterization, and passionate social concern that typify the novelist's finest creations. Of Dickens' work, the eminent Victorian critic John Ruskin had this to say: "He is entirely right in his main drift and purpose in every book he has written; and all of them, but especially Hard Times, should be studied with close and earnest care by persons interested in social questions."

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