Hard Times Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens Encyclopaedia Britannica c1920


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Hard Times, Hunted Down, Holiday Romance, George Silverman's Explanation and Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens

Hard Times For These 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.

Includes three additional short stories; Hunted Down, Holiday Romance and George Silverman's Explanation.

Reprinted Pieces: These writings come from the publication which was a brainchild of his,  Household Words , which first appeared as a weekly magazine in 1850. They are rather more than the occasional pieces which one might expect from a man as busy as Dickens. He was not writing simply throw away items to fill space; his interests are all here, the betes noirs, the bees in the bonnet and the consuming passions are displayed with his usual consummate skill. These small pieces remain a constant delight, a most pleasant and edifying change from the self-conscious posturing of so much of today's writing.


  • Part of Special Edition 22 Volume Works of Charles Dickens
  • Publisher The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company Limited, London; Undated c.1920
  • Quarter Red Morocco Hardback with Gilt Titles and Gilt Page Tops,504pp
  • Superbly Illustrated with 7 Illustrations by Fred Walker
  • Size 220 x 145mm, 950g

Condition: Very Good – No Dust Jacket, Slight Rubbing To Edges, No Inscriptions, Very Good Copy

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