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Hard Times (1854) first appeared in Dickens’ weekly periodical, Household Words, serialized in tw... Read More

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Hard Times (1854) first appeared in Dickens’ weekly periodical, Household Words, serialized in twenty instalments. The shortest of his novels, it is set in Coke town, a fictitious Victorian industrial town inspired by Preston in the North of England. It tells the story of the family of Thomas Grad grind, a man obsessed with misguided ‘Utilitarian’ values that make him trust facts, statistics and practicality over emotion.
Based on James Mill (the Utilitarian leader), Grad grind raises his own children, Louisa and Tom, in line with these same views. The novel has been frequently adapted for film, stage and television.

Product Details

Title: Hard Times
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Pan Macmillan U.K Publishing
ISBN: 9781509849017
SKU: BK0257972
EAN: 9781509849017
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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