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    Hard Times | Charles Dickens | No other work of Dickens presents so relentless an indictment against the callous greed of the Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy as this fiercest of his novels. With savage bitterness Dickens unmasks the hellish industries that imprisoned the bodies of the helpless labor class and the equally satanic institutions that shackled the development of their minds.

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“inside her is a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow.” — Hard Times by Charles Dickesn

Original Antique Engraving from 1800's. Dickens story, "Hard Times for These Times". Illustrated by Harry French

In 1851 Dickens moved to Tavistock House, a monumental accomplishment considering his formative years spent at Bayham and Lant Street. It was here that he wrote Bleak House, Hard Times and Little Dorrit.

A Tale Of Two Centuries: Charles Dickens Turns 200. Dickens began his literary career with almost no formal education. He was born in Landport, on Feb. 7, 1812, the second of eight children. When he was 12, his father was sent to debtor’s prison. Dickens was forced to quit school and work in a London blacking factory, sealing pots of shoe polish and pasting labels on them. He would rework that hellish experience into his fiction for the rest of his life. (Image courtesy of Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Edward Gorey Book Cover. My second favorite Dickens's novel with illustrations by one of my favorite illustrators.