Hard Times


Author: Charles Dickens

9788171675036 | PB | pp. 288 | 2000 | Rupa Publications

Hard Times by Charles Dickens introduces us to a world of harsh realities and cold, loveless relationships to demonstrate how life denying utilitarianism can be.

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First published in 1913, Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country is a scathing novel of ambition featuring one of the most ruthless heroines in literature. Undine Spragg is as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York’s high society from the nouveau riche provides a provocative commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin. One of Wharton’s most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a stunning indictment of materialism and misplaced values that is as powerful today for its astute observations about greed and power as when it was written nearly a century ago.

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About the Author

Born in 1812, Dickens life was unsettled and his learning unsteady. As a youngster, he had to undertake a number of humiliatingly menial jobs before he built up a career as a journalist. With Pickwick Papers, he rose to fame and success. The years to follow witnessed a prolific output of his successful writing. His life and career were amazingly eventful and he lived a frenzied life till the age of fifty-eight.


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