Hard Times

Charles DICKENS (1812 - 1870)

Hard Times, the shortest of Dickens's full-length novels, is set in the fictitious Victorian-England city of Coketown, where facts are the rule and all fancy is to be stamped out. The plot centers around the men and women of the town, some of whom are beaten down by the city's utilitarian ideals and some of whom manage to rise above it. The novel was written in 1854 and was a scathing attack on then-current ideas of utilitarianism, which Dickens viewed as a selfish and at times oppressive philosophy. Perhaps the novel's best features are its clever, ironic narration and the larger-than-life characters that push the plot forward, such as the upper-class banker and hypocritical braggart, Josiah Bounderby, and the fact-driven schoolmaster, Thomas Gradgrind. (Summary by Rosalind Wills).

Genre(s): Satire

Language: English

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Play 01 Book 1, Chapters 1-3 Kirsten Ferreri
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Play 02 Book 1, Chapters 4-5 Stewart Wills
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Play 03 Book 1, Chapter 6 Rosalind Wills
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Play 04 Book 1, Chapters 7-8 Joseph Ugoretz
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Play 05 Book 1, Chapters 9-10 Paul Hansen
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Play 06 Book 1, Chapters 11-12 Rosalind Wills
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Play 07 Book 1, Chapters 13-14 Paul Hansen
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Play 08 Book 1, Chapters 15-16 Paul Hansen
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Play 09 Book 2, Chapter 1 Stuart Bell
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Play 10 Book 2, Chapters 2-3 Joseph Ugoretz
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Play 11 Book 2, Chapters 4-5 Paul Hansen
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Play 12 Book 2, Chapter 6 Paul Hansen
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Play 13 Book 2, Chapter 7 Debra Lynn
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Play 14 Book 2, Chapter 8 Zachary Brewster-Geisz
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Play 15 Book 2, Chapters 9-10 JemmaBlythe
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Play 16 Book 2, Chapters 11-12 Debra Lynn
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Play 17 Book 3, Chapters 1-2 Debra Lynn
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Play 19 Book 3, Chapter 5 Graham Thomsen
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Play 20 Book 3, Chapter 6 Joseph Ugoretz
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Play 21 Book 3, Chapter 7 Joseph Ugoretz
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Play 22 Book 3, Chapters 8-9 Joseph Ugoretz
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