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Hard Times by DICKENS, CHARLESSPECTOR, ROBERT DONALD, 9780553210163
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  • ISBN: 9780553210163 | 0553210165
  • Cover: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 3/1/1981
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Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens's weekly magazine,Household Words, Hard Timeswas 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 ofThe Pickwick PapersandThe Old Curiosity Shop. Compressed, stark, allegorical, it is a bitter expose of capitalist exploitation during the industrial revolutionand a fierce denunciation of the philosophy of materialism, which threatens the human imagination in all times and places. With a typically unforgettable cast of charactersincluding the heartless fact-worshipper Mr. Gradgrind, the warmly endearing Sissy Jupe, and the eternally noble Stephen BlackpoolHard Timescarries a uniquely powerful message and remains one of the most widely read of Dickens's major novels.

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