Hard Times and The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Hard Times: Set in the imaginary mid-Victorian Northern industrial town of Coketown with its blackened factories, downtrodden workers and polluted environment. This is the soulless domain of the strict utilitarian Thomas Gradgrind and the heartless factory owner Josiah Bounderby. However, human joy is not excluded thanks to 'Mr Sleary's Horse-Riding' circus, a gin-soaked and hilarious troupe of open-hearted and affectionate people who act as an antidote to all the drudgery and misery endured by the ordinary citizens of Coketown. Based on the author's observations of Preston, Hard Times is Dickens's classic work about industrial England.
The Old Curiosity Shop: Dickens's novel-in its day, one of his most beloved, follows the career of the depraved dwarf Quilp, and introduces poor, innocent Little Nell, who is too good for this world. When Little Nell and her grandfather are forced to flee Quilp's evil clutches, various upright characters try to intervene and save them, but the frail and debilitated Nell dies as the result of her troubles, and her aged grandfather soon follows. The lushly sentimental and prolonged death of Little Nell sent an entire nation into mourning when the novel appeared in serial form.
- The Waverley Edition of The Works Of Charles Dickens
- Publisher Waverley Book Company, London;1912
- Half Simulated Blue Morocco Hardback with Gilt Titles and Decoration and Gilt Page Tops, 312,392pp
- Illustrated by Charles Pears' Character Studies and a Coloured Reproductions From Original Drawing by Fred Barnard
- Size 200 x 140mm, 950g
Condition: Good – No Dust Jacket, Repair To Spine, Slight Rubbing To Edges, No Inscriptions, Good Copy
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