Hard Times
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Hard Times

By Charles Dickens
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Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Set amid smokestacks and factories, Charles Dickens’s Hard Times is a blistering portrait of Victorian England as it struggles with the massive economic turmoil brought on by the Industrial Revolution. Championing the mind-numbing materialism of the period is Thomas Gradgrind, one of Dickens’s most vivid characters. He opens the novel by arguing that boys and girls should be taught “nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.” Forbidding the development of imagination, Gradgrind is ultimately forced to confront the results of his philosophy—his own daughter’s terrible unhappiness. Full of suspense, humor, and tenderness, Hard Times is a brilliant defense of art in an age of mechanism. Karen Odden received her Ph.D. from New York University, where she did her dissertation on Victorian literature. Most recently a lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she is now a freelance writer and lives in Arizona.

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  • CONTENTS
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  • 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 KEYNOTE
    • 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 REAPING
    • CHAPTER 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 IX 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 PHILOSOPHICAL
    • CHAPTER IX FINAL
  • FOOTNOTES
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