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Charles Dickens: Hard Times

HT_Rachel_bending_over_Blackpool_(Harry_French)Hard Times is an 1852 novel by Charles Dickens. Set in the fictional Coketown in the North of England, it is Dickens' most sustained engagement with the world created by the industrial revolution. His portrayals of the characters of Thomas Gradgrind and Stephen Bounderby are a forceful satire of utilitarian ideas.

Hard Times at at online book stores
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Free online texts
Gutenberg: Hard Times. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats. 
Internet Archive: Hard Times. Everyman's Library edition, introduced by G.K. Chesterton. EPUB, MOBI, TXT and PDF formats.
Standard Ebooks: Hard Times. AZW3, EPUB, KEPUB and Advanced EPUB formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Hard Times. EPUB, HTML and MOBI formats.
Wikisource: Hard Times. HTML and other formats.

Other Resources
Librivox: Hard Times - Public domain audiobooks.
Orwell Foundation: Charles Dickens, by George Orwell. A valuable critical essay.
Wikipedia: Charles Dickens - Hard Times (novel)

Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist - satirises the utilitarian-influenced Poor Laws of the 1830s.
Charles Dickens: Bleak House -  a social novel of comparable scope.
Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton - an early novelistic portrayal of industrial England.
Elizabeth Gaskell: North and South - a novel with similar themes which was serialised in Dickens' Household Words at the same time as Hard Times.
Jeremy Bentham
and James Mill - key utilitarian writers.
Bloom's Western Canon: Hard Times is included.


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