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Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Book Description Woes of Victorian life for the underclass.

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

"My satire is against those who see figures and averages, and nothing else," proclaimed Charles Dickens in explaining the theme of this classic novel. Published in 1854, the story concerns one Thomas Gradgrind, a "fanatic of the demonstrable fact," who raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a stifling and arid atmosphere of grim practicality.Without a moral compass to guide them, the children sink into lives of desperation and despair, played out against the grim background of Coketown, a wretched community shadowed by an industrial behemoth. Louisa falls into a loveless marriage with Josiah Bouderby, a vulgar banker, while the unscrupulous Tom, totally lacking in principle, becomes a thief who frames an innocent man for his crime. Witnessing the degradation and downfall of his children, Gradgrind realizes that his own misguided principles have ruined their lives.Considered Dickens' harshest indictment of mid-19th-century industrial practices and their dehumanizing effects, this novel offers a fascinating tapestry of Victorian life, filled with the richness of detail, brilliant characterization, and passionate social concern that typify the novelist's finest creations.Of Dickens' work, the eminent Victorian critic John Ruskin had this to say: "He is entirely right in his main drift and purpose in every book he has written; and all of them, but especially Hard Times, should be studied with close and earnest care by persons interested in social questions."

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

This story of class conflict in Victorian England serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Dickens's widely read satirical account of the Industrial Revolution. Dickens creates the Victorian industrial city of Coketown, in northern England, and its unforgettable citizens, such as the unwavering utilitarian Thomas Gradgrind and the factory owner Josiah Bounderby, and the result is his famous critique of capitalist philosophy, the exploitative force he believed was destroying human creativity and joy. This edition includes new notes to the text.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Haunted House

by Charles Dickens

Revered as one of the greatest writers in the English language, Charles Dickens is celebrated for his masterful storytelling, comic genius, and remarkably memorable characters. His early novels, such as The Pickwick Papers and The Adventures of Oliver Twist, were originally published in monthly installments, capturing a growing audience that quickly spread from England to America. Two centuries later, his popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity of his tales of self-discovery--and delight in the annual tradition of revisiting his holiday stories.Following the tremendous success of A Christmas Carol in 1843, there was great demand for more tales of ghostly visitation, and the great Victorian storyteller happily obliged with spellbinding tales such as The Haunted House. The drama begins with a Yuletide gathering in an eerie country retreat that's rumored to be haunted. There, Dickens and his friends, including acclaimed authors Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, take on the task of finding evidence of a supernatural presence in the house. When they reconvene at a Twelfth Night feast to review their findings, what will their stories reveal?

The Haunted House

by Charles Dickens Wesley Stace

On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounter. "Conducted" by Charles Dickens and counting Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins among its contributors, The Haunted House examines quintessentially Victorian themes-sex and longing, nostalgia and loss-in ways that continue to resonate today. Ingeniously conceived and written, and spiked with flashes of Dickensian humor, this volume is a strange and sheer delight. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hunted Down

by Charles Dickens

A rare detective story by one of the greatest writers in the English language A mysterious man named Julius Slinkton enters the life of Mr. Sampson, the manager of a life assurance office. Remarkably well-spoken and with insinuating manners, Slinkton initially seems to be the consummate gentleman. But as Sampson soon learns, appearances can be deceiving. Written in the uncanny style of his close friend Wilkie Collins, this detective story is an unusual gem in Charles Dickens's body of work. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Hunted Down: The Detective Stories of Charles Dickens

by Charles Dickens Peter Haining

A unique collection of Dickens stories, rarely seen in print, establishing him as one of the masters of the detective genreCharles Dickens was one of the great pioneers of detective fiction. While the larger-than-life characters in his novels have settled themselves in the public imagination, his detectives have had a profound effect on the development of crime fiction, and Dickens is now seen as the first major publicist for the police detective. Here, Peter Haining has assembled a fascinating selection of Dickens's detective stories. Added to these are extracts from the novels in which the men of the law make their mark, including Mr. Nadgett from Martin Chuzzlewit, the first serious detective in an English novel, and Inspector Bucket from Bleak House.

Kitty Literature: An Illustrated Collection for Cat Lovers

by William Shakespeare L. Frank Baum Rudyard Kipling Miguel De Cervantes Edgar Allan Poe Charles Darwin Emily Dickinson Mark Twain Charles Dickens Louisa May Alcott Alexandre Dumas Lewis Carroll Henry David Thoreau Oscar Wilde John Greenleaf Whittier Sir Walter Scott Washington Irving Anton Chekhov Lafcadio Hearn Beatrix Potter John Keats Bram Stoker Harriet Beecher Stowe H. P. Lovecraft Carl Sandburg E. E. Cummings John Muir Leonardo Da Vinci William Wordsworth W. B. Yeats Charles Baudelaire William Carlos Williams The Brothers Grimm Percy Bysshe Shelley John Richard Stephens Arthur Rackham Vincent Van Gogh John James Audubon Paul Gauguin Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes Teddy Roosevelt Louis Wain Samuel F. B. Morse Goya Ando Hiroshige Pierre-Auguste Renoir Thomas Eakins Henri Rousseau

People have been fascinated by cats for centuries. From the ancient Egyptians, all the way down to today's cat lovers throughout the world, cats have held a special place in people's lives. Cats are unique creatures. It shouldn't be surprising that they have captured the imaginations of many of the world's greatest authors and artists.This book contains 229 illustrations selected from the world's best cat art by 49 great artists, and explores stories, poetry, essays and quotations on cats by 36 of the most acclaimed and classic writers.From Beatrix Potter to Louisa May Alcott to Teddy Roosevelt, this eclectic collection features writings about cats by such great masters as Dickens, Kipling, Chekhov, Poe, Lovecraft, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Whittier, Audubon, Muir, Thoreau, and Mark Twain, accompanied by fine art museum pieces by Renoir, da Vinci, van Gogh, Rousseau, Hiroshige, Goya, Gauguin, and many others.Kitty Literature is perfect for anyone who lives with one or more cats. It will also make an excellent gift book.(306 pages, 229 illustrations)

Kitty Literature: An Illustrated Collection for Cat Lovers

by William Shakespeare L. Frank Baum Rudyard Kipling Miguel De Cervantes Edgar Allan Poe Charles Darwin Emily Dickinson Mark Twain Charles Dickens Louisa May Alcott Alexandre Dumas Lewis Carroll Henry David Thoreau Oscar Wilde John Greenleaf Whittier Sir Walter Scott Washington Irving Anton Chekhov Lafcadio Hearn Beatrix Potter John Keats Bram Stoker P. G. Wodehouse Harriet Beecher Stowe H. P. Lovecraft Carl Sandburg E. E. Cummings John Muir Leonardo Da Vinci William Wordsworth W. B. Yeats Charles Baudelaire William Carlos Williams The Brothers Grimm Percy Bysshe Shelley John Richard Stephens Arthur Rackham Vincent Van Gogh John James Audubon Paul Gauguin Pierre Bonnard Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes Teddy Roosevelt Louis Wain Samuel F. B. Morse Goya Marc Chagall Ando Hiroshige Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pablo Picasso Thomas Eakins Henri Rousseau

People have been fascinated by cats for centuries. From the ancient Egyptians, all the way down to today's cat lovers throughout the world, cats have held a special place in people's lives. Cats are unique creatures. It shouldn't be surprising that they have captured the imaginations of many of the world's greatest authors and artists.This book contains 242 illustrations selected from the world's best cat art by 58 great artists, and explores stories, poetry, essays and quotations on cats by 37 of the most acclaimed and classic writers.From Beatrix Potter to Louisa May Alcott to Teddy Roosevelt, this eclectic collection features writings about cats by such great masters as Dickens, Kipling, Chekhov, Poe, Lovecraft, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Whittier, Audubon, Muir, Thoreau, and Mark Twain, accompanied by fine art museum pieces by Renoir, da Vinci, van Gogh, Rousseau, Hiroshige, Goya, Chagall, Gauguin, and Picasso.Kitty Literature is perfect for anyone who lives with one or more cats. It will also make an excellent gift book.(321 pages, 242 illustrations)

The Life of Our Lord

by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens tells the story of the life of Jesus Christ to his children. In this rendition, based on the New Testament gospel accounts, Dickens emphasizes Jesus' relationship to the poor and downtrodden.

The Life of Our Lord

by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens tells the story of the life of Jesus Christ to his children. In this rendition, based on the New Testament gospel accounts, Dickens emphasizes Jesus' relationship to the poor and downtrodden.

Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens

Upon its publication in 1857, Little Dorrit immediately outsold any of Dickens's previous books. The story of William Dorrit, imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea Prison, and his daughter and helpmate, Amy, or Little Dorrit, the novel charts the progress of the Dorrit family from poverty to riches. In his Introduction, David Gates argues that "intensity of imagination is the gift from which Dickens's other great attributes derive: his eye and ear, his near-universal empathy, his ability to entertain both a sense of the ridiculous and a sense of ultimate significance."This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1857 edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Matarajio Adimu (Great Expectations)

by Charles Dickens

A Kiswahili translation of Matarajio Adimu (Great Expectations) by Charles Dickens.

Matarajio Adimu (Great Expectations)

by Charles Dickens

Matarajio Adhimu ni kitabu cha riwaya za Charles Dickens. Riwaya ambazo kwa mara ya kwanza zilichapishwa kwa mfululizo kwa mwaka mzima kuanzia tarehe 1 Desemba 1860 hadi mwezi Agusti 1861. Riwaya ambazo zimeweza kuigizwa na kuchezwa filamu zaidi ya mara 250. Matarajio Adhimu, kimeandikwa kwa nafsi ya kwanza kuhusu mtoto yatima aitwaye Pip. Kitabu hiki, kama zilivyo riwaya za Dickens, kinaelezea uzoefu wa maisha alisia na watu nyakati hizo.

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