Synopses & Reviews
Dickens's great novel of social protest in 19th-century England Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant, is a cold and industrious man obsessed with facts, statistics, and practicality. He raises his oldest children, Louisa and Tom, according to this philosophy, never allowing them to engage in what he considers to be fanciful pursuits. But when poor Louisa is forced into a loveless marriage to the much older, self-made Josiah Bounderby, she and Tom must risk anger, betrayal, and heartache to break free of their restricted lives and find the happiness they have been so long denied.
The greatest of Dickens work . . . should be studied with close and earnest care." —John Ruskin, author, On Art and Life
"Big and earnest, though circus folk and bank robbery add color to its canvas of industrialists and loveless marriages." —The Sunday Times
"It is proof of Dickens genius (or maybe just the unchanging nature of Britain) that you can read Hard Times as if it were all happening now." —The Guardian
Reason, Facts, and statistics...
Dickensa scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy, Hard Times features schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, one of his most richly dimensional, memorable characters. Filled with the details and wonders of small-town life, it is also a daring novel of ideasaand ultimately, a celebration of love, hope, and limitless possibilities of the imagination.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (18121870) is considered one of the English language's greatest writers. Peter Ackroyds biography Dickens was published in 1990 to enormous critical acclaim. His other titles include London: A Biography, Poe: A Life Cut Short, Shakespeare: The Biography, and Thames: The Biography.