Hard Times

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Pearson/Longman, 2004 - Fiction - 353 pages

Based on the first edition of Hard Times, this extensively annotated edition includes a lively introduction and helpful notes on cultural references, social and political mores, and literary allusioons. It includes a timeline, linking Dicken's life to significant historical events, as well as a guide to further reading.

Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts--cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of an important literary work, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural, and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.

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Very difficult read...must absolutely LOVE Dickens!


Hard Times 1854
Condition of England
and Its Discontents

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About the author (2004)

Gage McWeeny is Assistant Professor of English at Williams College, where he specializes in Victorian literature and culture. He is the author of articles that have appeared in _Victorian Poetry_ and _Critical Matrix_, and writes cultural criticism for BBC radio. He is currently at work on a book about social theory and Victorian literature called _The Comfort of Strangers: Sociality and Victorian LIterature_.

Jeff Nunokawa specializes in English literature from about 1830 till about 1900 at Princeton University. His first book, The Afterlife of Property, studies how the novels of Dickens and Eliot labor to preserve the idea of secure possession by overseeing its transfer from the sphere of a cold and uncertain economy to a happier realm of romance. Tame Passions of Wilde: Styles of Manageable Desire excavates the aspiration to imagine a form of desire as intense as those that compel us, but as light as the daydream or thought experiment safely under our control. His current project is a book whose working title is "Eros and Isolation: Getting Away from Others in Nineteenth Century Literature." This book brings a range of social theory to bear on writers like Austen, C. Brontė, Thackeray, Dickens and Eliot to figure out why it's so hard to break free, even for a little while, from the groups that surround and define us. Most generally, he is interested in the ways that various ideas of society clash and collaborate with one another. Before his day is done, he hopes to write a book about Henry James.

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