Hard Times

Hard Times - For These Times (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book appraises English society and highlights the social and economic pressures of the times.

Hard Times is unusual in several respects. It is by far the shortest of Dickens' novels, barely a quarter of the length of those written immediately before and after it. Also, unlike all but one of his other novels, Hard Times has neither a preface nor illustrations. Moreover, it is his only novel not to have scenes set in London. Instead the story is set in the fictitious Victorian industrial Coketown, a generic Northern English mill-town, in some ways similar to Manchester, though smaller. Coketown may be partially based on 19th-century Preston. (from

Book the First: Sowing Book the Second: Reaping
Chapter 01: The One Thing Needful Chapter 03: The Whelp
Chapter 02: Murdering the Innocents Chapter 04: Men and Brothers
Chapter 03: A Loophole Chapter 05: Men and Masters
Chapter 04: Mr. Bounderby Chapter 06: Fading Away
Chapter 05: The Keynote Chapter 07: Gunpowder
Chapter 06: Sleary's Horsemanship Chapter 08: Explosion
Chapter 07: Mrs. Sparsit Chapter 09: Hearing the Last of It
Chapter 08: Never Wonder Chapter 10: Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase
Chapter 09: Sissy's Progress Chapter 11: Lower and Lower
Chapter 10: Stephen Blackpool Chapter 12: Down
Chapter 11: No Way Out Book the Third: Garnering
Chapter 12: The Old Woman Chapter 01: Another Thing Needful
Chapter 13: Rachael Chapter 02: Very Ridiculous
Chapter 14: The Great Manufacturer Chapter 03: Very Decided
Chapter 15: Father and Daughter Chapter 04: Lost
Chapter 16: Husband and Wife Chapter 05: Found
Book the Second: Reaping Chapter 06: The Starlight
Chapter 01: Effects in the Bank Chapter 07: Whelp-Hunting
Chapter 02: Mr. James Harthouse Chapter 08: Philosophical

Chapter 09: Final

Hard Times
The Project Gutenberg eBook, Hard Times, by Charles Dickens. Read this book online: HTML. Download This eBook. EPUB. Kindle. Plain Text.
Hard Times
By Charles Dickens. The text of this work is in the "Public Domain" in Australia. Table of Contents. Book the First - Sowing. Book the Second - Reaping. Book the Third - Garnering.
Hard Times
By Charles Dickens, 1812-1870. Published 1854. Publisher: London ; Glasgow : Collins Clear-Type Press. Book Contributor Internet Archive.
Hard Times
By Charles Dickens, 1812-1870. Published 1920. Publisher: London J.M. Dent. Book Contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto.

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Hard Times, Read by LibriVox Volunteers
LibriVox recording of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens. Read by LibriVox Volunteers. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text.
Hard Times (Dramatic Reading)
LibriVox recording of Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Read by Bob Neufeld, with a full cast. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text.