Four Novels: Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Hard Times

Four Novels: Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

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Overview

In A Tale of Two Cities, French aristocrat Darnay and English lawyer Carton compete in their love for Darnay’s wife Lucie against the menacing backdrop of the French Revolution and the shadow of the guillotine. David Copperfield draws on Dickens's life to provide a vivid story mixed with comedy and sorrow. Born into poverty, young David Copperfield overcomes a cruel stepfather and frequent tragedies to enjoy success as an author. In Great Expectations, Dickens, creates a dark tale of suspense and satire around young orphan Pip, who longs for the life of a gentleman, and through a series of coincidences, a secret benefactor makes it possible for him to travel to London and chase his dreams. Dickens was a critic of the social stratification and poverty that was prevalent in Victorian society. Hard Times criticizes utilitarianism as it tells the story of a man and his children as they struggle with class conflict, and the horrible working conditions in Victorian factories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882408750
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an acclaimed English Victorian era novelist.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England

Education:

Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

Table of Contents

A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times

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