Author: Charles Dickens
9788171675036 | PB | pp. 290 | 2000 | Wordsworth Editions
Hard Times is set in industrial England at a period when utilitarianism seemed the order of the day. The author 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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