In the latest addition to the Longman Cultural Edition series, Jeff Nunokawa and Gage McWeeny present Charles Dickens' Hard Times in several provocative and illuminating contextscultural, critical, and literary. Based on the first edition, Hard Times is informatively annotated with a lively introduction and helpful notes on cultural references, social and political mores, literary allusions, and unfamiliar word usage. In addition to a chronology coordinating Dickens' life with key historical events, the editors explore the political, economical, educational, and social state of England in the 1830s and 1840s. Many of these issues are reflected in the section of Victorian-era reactions to Hard Times. A guide to further reading is provided as a service to students, scholars, and the curious.
List of Illustrations. About Longman Cultural Editions. About This Edition. Introduction. Table of Dates. Hard Times, 1854.
CONTEXTS Condition of England
Benjamin Disraeli, from Sybil (1845).
Friedrich Engels, from The Condition of the Working Class in 1844.
Thomas Carlyle, from Past and Present (1843).
Charles Dickens, “On Strike” (1854).
Thomas Hood, selected poetry.
Marx, Friedrich, and Engels, from The Communist Manifesto. Political Economy and its Discontents.
Jeremy Bentham, from An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, Chapter 1; Chapter 5.
John Stuart Mill, “Bentham;” “Coleridge”.
Carlyle, from Past and Present and Signs of the Times. Education.
J.M. M'Culloch, from A Series of Lessons (1831).
John Stuart Mill, from Autobiography.
Charles Dickens, “Matters Educational,” from Our Mutual Friend (1865).
Herbert Spencer, “What Knowledge is of Most Worth?”(1859). Victorian Reactions to Hard Times.