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Hardy, Thomas

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Works: 24 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 38 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Didactic fiction  Pastoral fiction  Domestic fiction  Dictionaries  Historical fiction  History  Love stories  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PZ3.H222, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Thomas Hardy
The Well-Beloved Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. The scenes of Hardy's novel are located chiefly on 'The Isle of Stingers,' South Wessex, and the story deals with the emotional experiences of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor and native of the isle. Pierston is condemned by his mental constitution to pursue through life his ideal of woman, a curiously capricious, protean creature, who never tarries long in the same human form. The sculptor is, he declares, always faithful to his Well-Beloved, but she has so many embodiments that he produces the effect of extreme volatility. She is 'a spirit, a dream, a frenzy, a conception, an aroma, an epitomized sex.' She is never in two places at the same time, but she is never in one place long. She has a habit of appearing in a fresh incarnation at the most inconvenient seasons. In the first book, for instance, just as Pierston has promised marriage to Avice Caro, an island girl who is, like himself, of the old stock there, and whom he respects largely because she does not embody the Well-Beloved, the latter lady turns up in the person of Marcia Bencomb, and the sculptor deserts Avice abruptly and returns to London. He does not marry Marcia, but goes on making capital out of his emotions by translating his unattainable dream into plaster, winning popularity thereby. When he comes back to the island, after twenty years, he finds the creature of his visions in the daughter of Avice, and would marry her if he could
The Trumpet-Major Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. The reader of Mr. Hardy's novel, 'The Trumpet Major,' will at once ask himself, 'Is not this author making a brave struggle against the scepticism, the pessimism that have been assailing him? Will not the optimism of the poet and idealist finally conquer the pessimism of the realist?' If Mr. Hardy had died after writing 'The Trumpet Major' the last question might well have been answered in the affirmative. Few more charming, spontaneous, wholesome stories than this have ever been written by an English novelist. Sweet Anne Garland may well be set by Sweet Anne Page, and her two devoted swains, fickle Bob Loveday, the sailor, and staunch John Loveday, the Trumpet Major, are worthy to live as long as the language in which their adventures are told. This is the only one of Mr. Hardy's stories that at all claims the title-the great title in spite of some modern critics-of an historical romance. The scene is laid on the southern coast of England during the exciting days of Napoleon's contemplated invasion. The historical setting is worthy of all praise-indeed, as we shall see later, Mr. Hardy shares with Thackeray the power to move as freely in the past as in the present. We consider 'The Trumpet Major' to be the most charming of Mr. Hardy's stories, and if all its characters had possessed the nobility of the unselfish hero and if its action had been more tense and pitched upon a higher plane it would easily have been his greatest work. As it is, it is one of the cleanest, most interesting, most wholesome stories that can be recommended to readers old or young
The Return Of The Native Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. Some regard this book as Hardy's masterpiece. Here again we have a rural setting and a powerful and moving plot. The characters, too, are striking and well drawn, and one of them, Clym Yeobright, the hero, just misses greatness. Unlike Mr. Hardy's previous works, it is predominantly a tragedy; but it is not a thoroughly artistic success, because our pleasure at the artist's triumph is overbalanced by disagreeable sensations caused by the repulsiveness of many of his characters and of the environment in which they move. Mr. Hardy himself must have felt the effect of this repulsiveness, for his humor is almost entirely absent. A passion for excessive realism, too, has taken a greater hold upon this essentially poetic idealist, and it is only when he is in the presence of inanimate nature that his soul appears to be truly inspired. The descriptions of Egdon Heath in this novel, and of the effects of its sombre vastness upon its scattered inhabitants, are unequalled in modern fiction. But if nature has taken hold of Mr. Hardy as it has done of few men since Wordsworth, it has not disturbed him 'with the joy of elevated thoughts,' as Wordsworth sang; it has not proved itself to be the power 'whose secret is not joy, but peace' of Matthew Arnold; but rather it has proved itself to be the mysterious, inscrutable counterpart in the world of the senses, of that 'insoluble enigma' with which Herbert Spencer and so many modern minds have found themselves confronted in the world of thought
The mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. In the setting of this story we recognize much of our author's old power. The quiet rural town is set as distinctly before us as Cranford is. But the people to whom Mr. Hardy introduces us upon its streets are not the people Mrs. Gaskeil makes us know and love. There is to our mind not a really attractive character in the whole book. The good ones have a tendency to become commonplace, the bad ones can hardly be said to be interesting. It is true that Michael Henchard, the self-made hero, is a remarkable character study from the point of view of a psychologist or a sociologist, but that does not make him a proper hero for a novel, and we are forced to conclude that even the genius of Mr. Hardy cannot long sustain its eagle flight when, to borrow a metaphor from Shelley, its wings are cramped by the constraining folds of the serpent of pessimism
Far From The Madding Crowd Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
He has become more practised in his use of that noble instrument, the prose of his native tongue. There is less straining for effect, there is less dependence upon the aid of a flashing figure or epithet; in other words, there is more Sophoclean roundedness, and
The Woodlanders Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. In 'The Woodlanders' we have the intimate sense of the mystery and the passion of nature; again we have the wonderful power of describing rural characters; again we have the closely knit and powerful action; we even have glimpses of the old humor. Still there is an indefinable something that separates the author of 'The Woodlanders' from the author of 'Far from the Madding Crowd.' Twelve years have made Mr. Hardy a more practised writer, they have given him a wider experience, but they have not made him any more in love with life. On the contrary, as has been indicated, they have frequently made him see little in life except a purposeless struggle in the coils of an implacable fate. And so Giles Winterbourne in 'The Woodlanders' fails in the pursuit of his love, which is his life, when Farmer Oak, in 'Far from the Madding Crowd' succeeds. Honesty, loyalty, and love meet death for their reward; while a barely decent repentance on the part of a rather repulsive personage is rewarded by the love of a heroine who though scarcely noble is worthy of a better fate. It, therefore, matters little when we view 'The Woodlanders' as a whole, whether the descriptions of the forests to be found in its pages are unexcelled in truth and beauty even by Mr. Hardy himself, or whether the scene which describes Marty South dressing the grave of Winterbourne is the finest in the whole range of our author's novels; for the total impression produced by the book is painful because the fate that rules its characters is to Mr. Hardy, as well as to his readers, the relentless fate of alien times and peoples. And yet how powerful and original the book is, and who else among modern Englishmen could have written it!
Two On A Tower Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. This romance, as the author entitled it in the English edition, is in some respects a successful, and in all respects, a powerful book. It is not devoid of humor, as the delightful description of the choir practice amply proves. It is certainly a romance if a strange and almost bizarre plot can give a story as claim to that title. It does not yield to any of our author's stories as a character study, nor does it yield to any story of modern times in its absolute truth to the fundamental principles of human nature under certain given circumstances. More than any of Mr. Hardy's novels it gives one the impression of being a study undertaken on definite lines and with a definite object. That object is the endeavor to show the misery that must come to the woman who allows her passion for a man to blind her to the obstacles which difference of age, of rank, of education, of social aim, have set between them. The absorbing, the disastrous passion of Lady Constantine for her young astronomer, Swithin St. Cleve, the secret marriage, the terrible complications that arise upon her discovery that she was not a widow when she contracted this marriage, her anxiety to do no wrong to the budding genius of her boy husband, who still finds more to gaze at in the stars of heaven than in her own love-lit eyes, her open marriage to the Bishop of Melchester to save her reputation, the awakening of St. Cleve to the fact that there are other women in the world besides his quondam wife and patroness, and finally the death scene in the tower when the heart of her that loved not wisely, but too well, has snapped beneath its weight of grief-all these particulars make up a story of intense power and interest
The Poetical Works Of Thomas Hardy Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. Thomas Hardy was not only one of England's best novelists but also a highly gifted poet. This edition is one of the most complete on the book market and contains every single poem, carefully arranged in the original order of the books in which they were published (therefore a small percentage of duplication possible ). Let yourself be inspired by Mr. Hardy's brilliant romanticism. This edition contains several hundred poems, each one accessible through a huge TOC
A Pair Of Blue Eyes Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. 'A Pair of Blue Eyes,' Mr. Hardy's third novel, gives the heart history of a rather susceptible but very charming young lady, Miss Elfride Swancourt, who, by the way, is said to be unpopular with her own sex. It has at least one strong character, Henry Knight, the reviewer, Elfride's second lover. It contains also one very powerful scene, the rescue of Knight from the cliff through the heroism and presence of mind of Elfride. It is not only an interesting story, but a very subtle study of feminine instincts, yet although a successful novel as a whole, it can hardly be placed among our author's masterpieces. The last scene of all in which Elfride's two disappointed lovers encounter her husband at her tomb, is pathetic in the extreme
The Short Stories Of Thomas Hardy Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. This compilation of Thomas Hardy's short stories is one of the most complete on the book market. Every single story was tracked down and integrated into this book. Hours of enjoyable reading lies ahead of you because Hardy was a real genius among the English fiction writers. From the contents: A Changed Man The Waiting Supper Alicia's Diary The Grave By The Handpost Enter A Dragoon A Tryst At An Ancient Earth Work What The Shepherd Saw: A Tale Of Four Moonlight Nights A Committee-Man Of 'The Terror' Master John Horseleigh, Knight The Duke's Reappearance-A Family Tradition A Mere Interlude The First Countess Of Wessex Barbara Of The House Of Grebe The Marchioness Of Stonehenge Lady Mottisfont The Lady Icenway Squire Petrick's Lady Anna, Lady Baxby The Lady Penelope The Duchess Of Hamptonshire The Honourable Laura The Son's Veto For Conscience' Sake A Tragedy Of Two Ambitions On The Western Circuit To Please His Wife The Melancholy Hussar Of The German Legion The Fiddler Of The Reels A Tradition Of Eighteen Hundred And Four A Few Crusted Characters Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver The History Of The Hardcomes The Superstitious Man's Story Andrey Satchel And The Parson And Clerk Old Andrey's Experience As A Musician Absent-Mindedness In A Parish Choir The Winters And The Palmleys Incident In The Life Of Mr. George Crookhill Netty Sargent's Copyhold An Imaginative Woman The Three Strangers ... and many more
Desperate Remedies Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. A Novel By the author of ' Far from the Madding Crowd,' 'A Pair of Blue Eyes,' etc. 'A valuable accession tothe ranks of modern novel writing authors. . . Not only quick observations and sparkling humor, and true moral instinct, but a delicate and subtle analysis of varieties of character and moods of feeling, a poet's sympathy with human passion, and an artist's eye for every aspect of nature.'- London Spectator 'A remarkable story. . . . The plot is worked out with abundant skill, but the essence of the book is precisely what it ought to be, namely, the evolution of character. . . His deserts are of no ordinary kind.' - London Saturday Review. 'The characters of the story are often exceedingly good. The construction of tile story is very curious. '-London Athenaeum
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. This book has made Mr. Hardy one of the most prominent English novelist. The power and the movement of the story are so great that it is only when we read a review of it that we are conscious that its author had any purpose save that which is common to every true writer of fiction-viz.: to tell a story which shall please. But this unconsciousness of a novelist's purpose is the highest tribute that can be paid to his work. Tess, the milkmaid heroine, has fallen from virtue through no fault of her own. Subsequently her great passion for a second and nobler lover sweeps her into a marriage with him after she has failed to tell him of her condition, although she has attempted to do so. Her confession of her secret to her husband is one of the most powerful and painful scenes in all literature. After the weak man has deserted her, she undergoes in patience a life of unspeakable torture, but at last falls again to her former betrayer in order to keep her mother and her family from starvation. Her husband returns to her, and in her remorse she stabs her betrayer to death. After a brief period of ecstatic bliss with the now repentant man, whose desertion has brought her to such a pass, she is seized by the officers of the law and led to the scaffold
A Laodicean : a story of to-day by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. In 'A Laodicean' (1881) Mr. Hardy became less spontaneous and charming, although more subtle and, perhaps, more powerful. The heroine, Paula Power, the Laodicean, neither hot nor cold, is a most interesting study in feminine psychology. The three leading male characters-Somerset, the architect, Dare, the adventurer, and Captain de Stancy, the scion of a decayed family-are well drawn
Under The Greenwood Tree Extended Annotated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. 'Under the Greenwood Tree' is a year-long rural idyl. The nine chapters of the first part entitled 'Winter,' are taken up with a wonderfully humorous description of the old-fashioned wind-instrument choir of the parish of Mellstock trudging around on Christmas night to serenade every dweller in the parish, and with an equally humorous description of the party given by honest Reuben Dewey, the tranter, or wagoner. The other parts, named after the other seasons, commemorate the love of Dick Dewey, the tranter's son for Fancy Day, the village schoolmistress-a love which ends in the most typical of rural weddings, in spite of the fact that the young rector himself is somewhat smitten with the fair schoolmistress who plays the first organ set up in the parish church. The despair of the old choir at the advent of this organ and their visit to the rector in expostulation are described with a humor that puts Mr. Hardy alongside of Dickens if not, as some think, above him
Jude The Obscure Extended Annotated & Illustrated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
It would be easy to dispose of the two leading characters in 'Jude the Obscure' by saying that they are two consummate fools
Time's laughingstocks : and other verses by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Satires of circumstance lyrics and reveries with miscellaneous pieces by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Thomas Hardy first met with literary success with this book, Far from the Madding Crowd. Set in the fictional south-west English county of 'Wessex', based on the author's own experiences in Dorset, the story follows a young shepherd, Gabriel Oak
The Hand Of Ethelberta Extended Annotated & Illustrated Edition by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. 'The Hand of Ethelberta' (1876) was described by Hardy as 'A Comedy in Chapters.' It bears out fairly well the claims of its sub-title. The heroine, Ethelberta, is a butler's daughter, who, having been educated above her station, marries a young, wealthy, and well-born husband and is soon left a fashionable widow. She now essays the difficult role of moving in polite society while still preserving secret relations with her family. Her sister becomes her maid, her brother her footman, and once she is actually waited on at a dinner party by her father, the butler. Naturally such a plot furnishes Mr. Hardy with much opportunity for delicate satire on fashionable society as well as for indulging in his accustomed humor. Ethelberta publishes poems, recites her own stories, loves a poor gentleman, is wooed by several eligible suitors, and finally marries a worn-out peer. If it were not that she gets the upper hand of her old husband and is enabled to lift up and support her family the end of the story would be tragic, rather than comic; but, viewed as a whole, it is an amusing comedy which deserves more popularity than it seems to have had. Certainly Mr. Hardy has drawn few more interesting characters than his 'squirrel haired' Ethelberta
Late lyrics and earlier, with many other verses by Thomas Hardy ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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