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.
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Internet Archive: Hard Times. Everyman's Library edition, introduced by G.K. Chesterton. EPUB, MOBI, TXT and PDF formats.
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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.