Hard Times reveals Dickens's spirit for social reform and compassion for the working poor as it exposes the social ills of nineteenth-century industrialism. Authors in this anthology explore Dickens's major themes, insights, and literary technique, providing a useful overview of this enduring novel.
"An anthology of essays by scholars representing various perspectives and interpretation of the novel. The book(s) provides criticism and discussions of meaning, structure, and the historical content...as well as biographical information. It is organized in such a way that will give students a plethora of information in a largely accessible format. Each chapter heading is annotated, giving readers a chance to sample the content of the essays. Furthermore, each selection is introduced with background biographical data on the essay's author alongwith a summary of the content and the particular point of view represented. A reader-friendly and comprehensive resouce for students and teachers of world literature."
-- School Library Journal ( November 2001)
Price: US $28.10