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Hard Times Revised Edition
Contributor(s): Dickens, Charles (Author), Flint, Kate (Editor), Flint, Kate (Introduction by)

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ISBN: 014143967X     ISBN-13: 9780141439679
Publisher: Penguin Group
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2003
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Classics
- Fiction | Family Life - General
- Fiction | Historical - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2003269461
Age Level: 18-UP
Grade Level: 13-UP
Lexile Measure: 750(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.88" H x 5.14" W x 7.77" L (0.60 lbs) 368 pages
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Price on Product
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 50672
Reading Level: 9.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 20.0
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Publisher Description:
'Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.'

Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school owner and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and his family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from young minds. As a consequence his young daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and "bully of humility" 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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