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    DescriptionA damning indictment of Utilitarianism and the dehumanising influence of the Industrial Revolution, Charles Dickens's "Hard Times" is edited with an introduction and notes by Kate Flint in "Penguin Classics". In "Hard Times", the Northern mill-town of Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young minds. As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and 'bully of humanity' Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery. And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimized weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognize the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery. This edition of "Hard Times" is based on the text of the first volume publication of 1854. Kate Flint's introduction sheds light on the frequently overlooked character interplay in Dickens's great critique of Victorian industrial society. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including "Oliver Twist", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Cities", "David Copperfield" and "The Pickwick Papers", have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed "Hard Times", you might like Dickens' "Bleak House", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A masterpiece...a completely serious work of art". (F.R. Leavis).


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    Title
    Hard Times
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Dickens, Introduction by Kate Flint
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141439679
    ISBN 10: 014143967X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC21: 823.8
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
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    DC22: 823/.8
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
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    LC classification: PR4561.A2 F57 2003
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    chronology, notes
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist before establishing his reputation as a novelist with PICKWICK PAPERS (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. Kate Flint is Professor of English at Rutgers University. Her published work includes The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (2000).