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Thomas Hardy

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Book cover: Wessex TalesWessex Tales
by - The Macmillan Company ,
The stories take place in an imaginative locale, Wessex, based on the area around the author's home. Combining the real with the imagined, Hardy unfurls the ironies of everyday life; his introduction gives an appreciation of what is to come.
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Book cover: The Well-BelovedThe Well-Beloved
by - Harper & Brothers ,
Hardy reiterates his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with authentic rendering of location.
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Book cover: Under the Greenwood TreeUnder the Greenwood Tree
by - The Macmillan Company ,
Under the Greenwood Tree is Thomas Hardy's one and only rural idyll, a startling contrast to his other Wessex tales. It appears to be pastoral romance at its most sunlit and good humoured, and called the 'most nearly flawless of Hardy's novels'.
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Book cover: The Trumpet-MajorThe Trumpet-Major
by - ManyBooks ,
Anne Garland is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday, the trumpet major in a British regiment, honest and loyal; his brother Bob, a flighty sailor; and Festus Derriman, the cowardly nephew of the local squire. The setting is the Napoleonic wars.
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Book cover: Jude The ObscureJude The Obscure
by - Feedbooks ,
Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared - marriage, religion, education - and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction.
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Book cover: The Romantic Adventures of a MilkmaidThe Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid
by - [email protected] ,
Here, a modern romance is presented by Hardy in a beautiful manner. Set in a supernatural background, he presents a tale drenched in mystery and vagueness. With skillfully drawn characters, this is one of the shorter works by Hardy.
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Book cover: The WoodlandersThe Woodlanders
by - Project Gutenberg ,
Set in the beautiful Blackmoor Vale, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-to-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of the dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers.
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Book cover: Desperate RemediesDesperate Remedies
by - ManyBooks ,
A tale of mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity. Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins.
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Book cover: Return of the NativeReturn of the Native
by - [email protected] ,
One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life.
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Book cover: Two on a TowerTwo on a Tower
by - MacMillan ,
The rich Lady Constantine lives a boring existence, also a chaste one, forced on her by an absent husband who may indeed be dead. But then she meets young Swithin, a naively ambitious astronomer, who shares with her his passion for the stars.
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Book cover: A Pair of Blue EyesA Pair of Blue Eyes
by - [email protected] ,
Blue-eyed Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men. Written at a crucial time in Hardy's life, this book expresses more directly than any of his novels the events that made him the writer he was.
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Book cover: Life's Little IroniesLife's Little Ironies
by - [email protected] ,
The phrase 'life's little ironies' was coined by Hardy as the title for this volume. Unified by his irony, strong visual sense, and engaging characters, these stories deal with the tragic and the humorous, the metaphysical and the magical.
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Book cover: Far from the Madding CrowdFar from the Madding Crowd
by - [email protected] ,
The first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. The story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.
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Book cover: Tess of the d'UrbervillesTess of the d'Urbervilles
by - Nelson Doubleday ,
Hardy's simple girl Tess becomes a tragic heroine going from innocent girl at the beginning to pure woman whose life is shaped by events beyond her control. Perhaps the finest of the novels by Thomas Hardy and a masterpiece of tragic fiction.
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