Hard Times

Mass Market Paperback | January 1, 2007

byCharles Dickens

not yet rated|write a review
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

From the Publisher

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 signif...

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before pu...

other books by Charles Dickens

Major Works Of Charles Dickens (penguin Classics Hardcover Boxed Set): HC
Major Works Of Charles Dickens (penguin Classics Hardco...

Hardcover|Nov 23 2011

$113.74 online$160.00list price(save 28%)
Great Expectations: 150th Anniversary Edition
Great Expectations: 150th Anniversary Edition

Mass Market Paperback|Feb 3 2009

$5.50

A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities

Paperback|Jun 8 2008

$6.95

see all books by Charles Dickens
Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.2 inPublished:January 1, 2007Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416523731

ISBN - 13:9781416523734

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Extra Content

Read from the Book

I The One Thing Needful Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!" The scene was a plain, bare, monotonous vault of a schoolroom, and the speaker's square forefinger emphasized his observations by underscoring every sentence with a line on the schoolmaster's sleeve. The emphasis was helped by the speaker's square wall of a forehead, which had his eyebrows for its base, while his eyes found commodious cellarage in two dark caves, overshadowed by the wall. The emphasis was helped by the speaker's mouth, which was wide, thin, and hard set. The emphasis was helped by the speaker's voice, which was inflexible, dry, and dictatorial. The emphasis was helped by the speaker's hair, which bristled on the skirts of his bald head, a plantation of firs to keep the wind from its shining surface, all covered with knobs, like the crust of a plum pie, as if the head had scarcely warehouse-room for the hard facts stored inside. The speaker's obstinate carriage, square coat, square legs, square shoulders -- nay, his very neckcloth, trained to take him by the throat with an unaccommodating grasp, like a stubborn fact, as it was -- all helped the emphasis. "In this life, we want nothing but Facts, sir; nothing but Facts!" The speaker, and the schoolmaster, and the third grown person present, all backed a little, and swept with their eyes the inclined plane of little vessels then and there arranged in order, ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim.