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Thomas Hardy

Full Name: Thomas Hardy
Gender: Male
Hometown: Stinsford, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Born: 1840-06-02
Died: 1928-01-11
Number of Works: 453
Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his facination with the supernatural. Though he regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The term cliffhanger is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy's serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873. In the previously mentioned novel Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years. This became the archetypal — and literal — cliff-hanger of Victorian prose.

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ISBN: 0141439599, 9780141439594
Keywords: urbervilles, tess
Pages: 592
Published: 1891
  • Rating: 80%

Edited with Notes by Tim Dolin and an Introduction by Margaret R. Higonnet
ISBN: 0141439653, 9780141439655
Keywords: crowd, madding
Pages: 480
Published: 1874
  • Rating: 80%

Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy's novel of swiftpassion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, an
ISBN: 0486452433, 9780486452432
Keywords: obscure, jude
Pages: 336
Published: 1895
  • Rating: 80%

In 1895 Hardy's final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy's heroines, Jude takes on the world?and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy's philosophy,
ISBN: 0141439785, 9780141439785
Keywords: casterbridge, mayor
Pages: 448
Published: 1886
  • Rating: 80%

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Keith Wilson.
ISBN: 037575718X, 9780375757181
Keywords: native, return
Pages: 448
Published: 1878
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0140435476, 9780140435474
Keywords: woodlanders
Pages: 464
Published: 1887
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0192835173, 9780192835178
Keywords: tree, greenwood
Pages: 256
Published: 1872
  • Rating: 60%
ISBN: 0192840738, 9780192840738
Keywords: eyes, blue, pair
Pages: 432
Published: 1873
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0140436995, 9780140436990
Keywords: poems, selected
Pages: 320
Published: 1940
  • Rating: 80%