Thomas Hardy

Standard Name: Hardy, Thomas
TH was a poet by vocation and became a novelist by profession. The Wessex of his novels has made him arguably a regional novelist. As well as a prolific output in both these forms, he published a unique verse epic bringing together human and supernatural characters, short fiction, a volume for children, and two volumes of actual autobiography masquerading as a biography by his second wife. Since his career as a publishing novelist ran from the 1870s to the 1890s, and his first volume of poetry post-dated his final novel, he has been seen as a Victorian novelist but a mostly twentieth-century poet. This description, however, is not true to the facts of composition. He wrote poetry from early in his life, but did not publish it in volume form until his final novel.


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Friends, Associates Victoria Cross
Possibly because VC spent so much time travelling, it is difficult to judge the extent of her social circle. She is unmentioned by many literary autobiographies of the period. Charlotte Mitchell suggests that she may...
Friends, Associates Virginia Woolf
VW and Leonard travelled to Dorchester to have tea at Max Gate with Thomas and Florence Hardy . Woolf met Hardy just this once, though, as Hermione Lee remarks, she had been reading and writing...
Friends, Associates Charlotte Mew
CM visited Thomas Hardy at his home; he requested the meeting after reading and admiring her poetry.
Monro, Alida, and Charlotte Mew. “Charlotte Mew—A Memoir”. Collected Poems of Charlotte Mew, Gerald Duckworth, 1953, p. vii - xx.
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Daryush
Through her mother's cousin Roger Fry , ED as a girl met many distinguished people as the friends and guests of her parents: W. B. Yeats , Ezra Pound , Henry Newbolt , Mary Coleridge
Friends, Associates John Oliver Hobbes
She made many friends and acquaintances both as a figure in society and as an author. These included literary people such as George Meredith , Thomas Hardy , Punch editor Owen Seaman , William Archer
Friends, Associates Ménie Muriel Dowie
Around this time, MMD also met Thomas Hardy .
Cunningham, Gail. The New Woman and the Victorian Novel. Macmillan, 1978.
Another woman writer who became her associate was John Strange Winter , whom she met through her membership in the Pioneer Club .
“19th Century British Library Newspapers”. Gale: 19th Century British Library Newspapers.
Glasgow Herald 301 (17 Dec 1894): 7
Health May Sinclair
As early as October 1908 MS was told that she had strained her heart by exercise (her bicycling trip with Thomas Hardy ) and ought to be careful.
Raitt, Suzanne. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian. Clarendon Press, 2000.
In view of her family's history...
Intertextuality and Influence Margaret Drabble
Imagery of postpartum fluidity, particularly lactation, characterizes the lovers' growing passion and the descriptions of female sexual desire and orgasm. The narrative alternates between a schizoid third-person dialogue
Drabble, Margaret. The Waterfall. Penguin, 1971.
and first-person narration as Jane attempts...
Intertextuality and Influence Margaret Kennedy
Kennedy shifts gears in this work to focus on a young girl's experience in learning about life and love. She foregrounds this theme by means of a quotation from Thomas Hardy 's Tess of the...
Intertextuality and Influence Christine Brooke-Rose
This sets out to explore the effects of various technological media on the novel genre. It begins with the apparent forcible entry into a story by Jane Austen of a great German contemporary of Austen:...
Intertextuality and Influence Helen Dunmore
These poems deal in passing time and final partings, with the sudden recognition of changes accumulated over years. The magic cloak of invisibility longed for by children comes in the end unsought for and the...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Augusta Ward
It is set in the late nineteenth-century on the boundary between Westmorland and Lancashire, an exquisite country
Ward, Mary Augusta. Helbeck of Bannisdale. Worthington, BrianEditor , Penguin, 1983.
whose landscape has a profound effect in the narrative. Alan Helbeck, of an old Catholic family...
Intertextuality and Influence Margiad Evans
As a story-teller Evans has a sure grasp, making every tiny detail contribute to an effect which is understated but emotionally powerful. The named character in Miss Potts and Music is largely a peg for...
Intertextuality and Influence Margiad Evans
Several poems in A Candle Ahead invoke ME 's teachers: Milton , Thomas Traherne , Walter de la Mare , and Thomas Hardy , the theme of whose The Well-Beloved is that of her closing...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Waters
Nance is almost a colourless character apart from her capacity for passion. (In an apparently non-literary book, a tradition of steamy fiction is evoked when her desire to make Kitty sorry makes her think of...


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