The Companion to Hard Times

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-03-01
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
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This is the sixth volume to be published in "The Dickens Companions" series. Information is arranged in the form of notes presented for convenient use with any edition of Hard Times. Short notes supply historical data on a variety of topics. Longer, discursive notes assemble facts and contextual information which students need in order to understand issues central to the novel. Thus, for example, details about food, costume and transport appear alongside notes about the political and social concerns of the day. To help readers find annotated material from the novel's text, "The Companion" provides in italics the opening phrase of the paragraph to which the annotation refers, followed in bold by the words or passage to be annotated and then the explanatory note. Readers of the novel in search of more information about a note or phrase have only to find the appropriate chapter in "The Companion", looking for the italicized phrase that identifies the paragraph and then the bold entry. This format makes accessible to any reader allusions that may seem otherwise dense or puzzling, as well as providing dependable factual information about the novel's historical and cultural background, especially helpful to students. Each book is the result of extensive research, making the series useful to the community of scholars interested both in Dickens and in all aspects of Victorian Britain.

Author Biography

Margaret Simpson received her PhD from the Queen's University Belfast, where she has been an occasional tutor in the School of English. She has published articles and reviews on Dickens and on aspects of Victorian social history.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Preface by the Editors
Abbreviations for Dickens's Works and Related Material
Bibliographical Symbols and Abbreviations
A Note on the Text
How to Use the Notes
The Notes
Appendix A: Glossary of Lancashire Dialect Words Used in Hard Times
Appendix B: Glossary of Slang Terms Used in Hard Times
Appendex C: Table of Factory Accidents, 1852-4
Appendix D: Table of the "Household Words" Articles Relevant to Topics in Hard Times
Appendix E: Ballads of the Preston Strike, 1853-4
Select Bibliography

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