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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Thomas Hardy

ISBN 9780333922491
Publication Date October 2009
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Critical Issues

No other major author of the nineteenth century has arguably produced as much critical activity as Thomas Hardy. This timely addition to the Critical Issues series explores the various philosophical views of critics, with close textual analysis of Hardy's novels and with reference to his poetry.

JULIAN WOLFREYS is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at Loughborough University, UK. He has written and edited numerous books on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and literary theory, and is the series editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Transitions series.

Abbreviations and a Note on the Text
Introduction: Dwelling on Hardy
Apprehension, Suspension, Abstention: Desperate Remedies (1871)
Distortions and Transformations: Under the Greenwood Tree (1872) and A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873)
Being and Dwelling: Far From the Madding Crowd (1874),The Return of the Native (1878) and Two on a Tower (1882)
Uncommon Events: The Trumpet Major (1880), A Laodicean (1881) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
Confessions of the Other:The Woodlanders (1887), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895)


'Hardy and Wolfreys make a delicious match. What's finest about this book is Wolfreys' ability to prod us into play, opening up new possibilities for wandering inside a Hardy text.' - James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California, USA 'An invaluable introduction to the writing of Thomas Hardy.' - Lawrence Phillips, University of Northampton, UK'...immensely readable; the narrative is lively, convincing and written with a sense of humour.' - The Thomas Hardy Society Journal
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