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Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens’s weekly magazine, was a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have expected from the beloved author of and . Compressed, stark, allegorical, it is a bitter exposé of capitalist exploitation during the industrial revolution–and a fierce denunciation of the philosophy of materialism, which threatens the human imagination in all times and places. With a typically unforgettable cast of characters–including the heartless fact-worshipper
Mr. Gradgrind, the warmly endearing Sissy Jupe, and the eternally noble Stephen Blackpool– carries a uniquely powerful message and remains one of the most widely read of Dickens’s major novels.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in a little house in Landport, Portsea, England, on February 7th, 1812. At the age of eleven, Dickens was taken out of school and sent to work in a London blacking warehouse, where his job was to paste labels on bottles for six shillings a week. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to school, after which he became an office boy, a freelance reporter, and finally an author. With (1836-7) he achieved immediate fame; in a few years he was easily the most popular and respected writer of his time. It has been estimated that one out of every ten persons in Victorian England was a Dickens reader. (1837), (1838-9), and (1840-41) were huge successes. (1843-4) was less so, but Dickens followed it with his unforgettable (1843). (1852-3), (1854), and (1855-7) reveal his deepening concern for the injustices of British society. (1859), (1860-61) and (1864-5) complete his major works.