Thomas Hardy

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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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Literary responses Viola Meynell
Alice Meynell initially felt that the book was too personal and outspoken. She asked Viola to lessen and modify and veil the detailed and repeated record of caresses, and added: These are things that are...
Literary responses Penelope Fitzgerald
This book produced the first of PF 's shortlistings for the Booker prize.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Valentine Cunningham in the Times Literary Supplement registered enjoyment of the rich repertoire of odd characters and the Hardy -like gothic...
Literary responses Wendy Cope
Reviewer Andrew O'Hagan , however, applies a withering pen to WC in a tirade about a general style of anthology which is, he says, frivolous or aimed at the lifestyle or selfhelp markets. His complaint...
Literary responses Edna St Vincent Millay
Thomas Hardy (as reported by Elinor Wylie ) is believed to have said her poems were one of the only two great things in the United States, the other being the skyscraper.
Milford, Nancy. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Random House.
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Literary responses Toni Morrison
Maureen Howard in the New Republic discerned a new lightness and brilliance in this novel and called it, despite its elements of fantasy, a highly realistic novel, full of the actual riddles, the unanswerable questions...
Literary responses Dora Sigerson
Hardy 's preface addresses the unrealised potential of the dead writer: while the sketches are not unfinished in execution, their brevity leads a reader to muse on what the author's achievements in the same kind...
Literary responses Violet Hunt
Boots the chemist, which operated circulating libraries in its shops, refused to the stock this novel (as it already refused VH 's Sooner or Later) because of its alleged sensationalism.
Belford, Barbara. Violet. Simon and Schuster.
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Secor, Marie. “Violet Hunt, Novelist: A Reintroduction”. English Literature in Transition, Vol.
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, pp. 25-34.
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VH received...
Literary responses Mary Webb
This exemplifies the double-edged nature of MW 's reputation. On the one hand she has become almost synonymous in the public mind with the genre she made famous: the romantic, earthy, rural novel. Her early...
Literary responses Lucas Malet
Thomas Hardy told LM after reading this novel that she was one of the few authors of the other sex who are not afraid of logical consequences.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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He also said that the wages of...
Literary responses Victoria Cross
Sewell Stokes , in a brief portrait of VC in 1928, described her as one who had at one time been accused of poisoning the purity of British homes with her sordid writings ....
Literary responses Sheila Kaye-Smith
This novel brought critical and popular acclaim. SKS said that the weeks following its appearance were some of the happiest of her life.
Walker, Dorothea. Sheila Kaye-Smith. Twayne.
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The Times Literary Supplement notice began: No matter what fine work...
Literary responses Charlotte Mew
May Sinclair thought Madeleine magnificent, having depths & depths of passion & of sheer beauty.
Raitt, Suzanne. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian. Clarendon Press.
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She also enjoyed the high Victorian melodrama of Mew's reading aloud.
Raitt, Suzanne. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian. Clarendon Press.
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Despite her efforts to bring The Farmer's...
Literary responses John Oliver Hobbes
More recently, Margaret Maison characterised The School For Saints as a strange mixture of Disraeli , Hardy , Ouida , and Meredith . . . and there are even echoes of the old bigamy novels...
Literary responses Margaret Kennedy
The novel's initial favourable reviews came from an earlier generation of authors, including George Moore , A. E. Housman , Thomas Hardy , Arnold Bennett , J. M. Barrie , and H. G. Wells ...
Literary responses Mary Elizabeth Braddon
By the time of her death, MEB 's novels had received praise from many great writers of her day, including George Moore , Arnold Bennett , Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Hardy . Her astonishingly...

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