Hard Times

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens
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Hard Times - For These Times is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book surveys English society and satirises the social and economic conditions of the era. Hard Times is unusual in several ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789389372632
Publisher: Throne Classics
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

The iconic and much-loved Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth, though he spent much of his life in Kent and London. A prolific writer, Dickens kept up a career in journalism as well as writing short stories and novels, with much of his work being serialised before being published as books. He gave a view of contemporary England with a strong sense of realism, yet instilled his stories with a sense of charm, fantastic characters and humour like no other. He continued to work himself hard up until his death in 1870, leaving 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' unfinished.

Judith John (glossary) is a writer and editor specializing in literature and history. A former secondary school English Language and Literature teacher, she has subsequently worked as an editor on major educational projects, including English A: Literature for the Pearson International Baccalaureate series. Judith’s major research interests include Romantic and Gothic literature, and Renaissance drama.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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CHAPTER I The One Thing Needful

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Charles Dickens: A Brief Chronology


Appendices: Contemporary Documents

Appendix A: The Composition of the Novel

  1. Household Words Partners’ Agreement
  2. Announcements in Household Words
  3. Dickens’s Working Memoranda
  4. Mentions in Dickens’s Letters

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of the Novel

  1. Athanaeum (12 August 1854)
  2. Examiner (9 September 1854)
  3. Gentleman’s Magazine (September 1854)
  4. British Quarterly Review (October 1854)
  5. Rambler (October 1854)
  6. South London Athanaeum and Institution Magazine (October 1854)
  7. Westminster Review (October 1854)
  8. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (April 1855)

Appendix C: On Industrialization: Commentary

  1. Thomas Carlyle
    1. “Signs of the Times,” Edinburgh Review (June 1829)
    2. Chartism (1839)
    3. Past and Present (1843)
  2. Andrew Ure, The Philosophy of Manufactures (1836)
  3. P. Gaskell, Artisans and Machinery (1836)
  4. J.S. Mill
    1. “Bentham,” London and Westminster Review (August 1838)
    2. Principles of Political Economy(1848)
  5. Arthur Helps, The Claims of Labour (1844)
  6. Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 (1845)
  7. Charles Dickens, “On Strike,” Household Words (11 February 1854)
  8. Henry Morley, “Ground in the Mill,” Household Words (22 April 1854)
  9. Harriet Martineau, The Factory Controversy: A Warning Against Meddling Legislation (1855)
  10. W.B. Hodgson, “On the Importance of the Study of Economic Science as a Branch of Education for all Classes,” Lectures in Education Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1855)
  11. John Ruskin, “Unto This Last,” Cornhill Magazine (August 1860)

Appendix D: On Industrialization: Fiction

  1. Harriet Martineau, A Manchester Strike (Illustrations of Political Economy No. 7) (1832)
  2. Frances Trollope, Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong (1840)
  3. “Charlotte Elizabeth,” Helen Fleetwood (1841)
  4. Elizabeth Stone, William Langshawe, the Cotton Lord (1842)
  5. Benjamin Disraeli
    1. Coningsby (1844) (i)
    2. Coningsby (1844) (ii)
    3. Sybil (1845)
  6. Elizabeth Gaskell
    1. Mary Barton (1848) (i)
    2. Mary Barton (1848) (ii)
    3. North and South (1855)
  7. Charlotte Bronte, Shirley (1849)
  8. Charles Kingsley
    1. Yeast (1850)
    2. Alton Locke (1850)
  9. Fanny Mayne, Jane Rutherford, or The Miners’ Strike (1854)

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