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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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 Charlotte Mew
Marianne Moore was quoted on the dust-jacket: This collection is to me extraordinary—unforced, and masterly in a technical way, almost without exception. There are in the style traces of W. B. Yeats and Thomas Hardy
Literary responses Charlotte Mew
CM 's admirers include a long list of writers from Thomas Hardy and Ezra Pound to Virginia Woolf and Marianne Moore .
Literary responses T. S. Eliot
During TSE 's last years he reaped a rich harvest of public honours, both in Britain and internationally. Since then his standing as leading poet of the modernist movement and dominant figure of twentieth-century English...
Literary responses Vita Sackville-West
The enthusiastic review by J. C. Squire was not entirely welcome to VSW , since she regarded Squire as a silly old ass and all that.
Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin.
She feared being relegated to the category of...
Literary responses Laurence Hope
Thomas Hardy in the Athenæum wrote that Stars of the Desert had a greater mastery of rhythm . . . and a firmer intellectual grasp than The Garden of Káma, with no loss of...
Literary Setting Olive Schreiner
Cherry Clayton believes the novel's fictional English setting, Greenwood, was influenced by the English landscapes in the works of Hardy , George Eliot , and the BrontësEmily BrontëAnne Brontë . Schreiner herself had not yet been to...
Occupation Frances Horovitz
Through this experience she met the literary biographer Robert Gittings . She built with him a professional partnership to work on interpretations of John Keats and Thomas Hardy , of whom Gittings was writing biographies...
Author summary Charlotte Mew
Charlotte Mew is best known and regarded as an early twentieth century poet, though she also published a few short stories and essays. Her poems, often dramatic monologues, are haunted by unrequited love, the renunciation...
Publishing Catherine Cookson
Cookson collaborated with Piers Dudgeon on Catherine Cookson Country, one in a Heinemann series of historical photographs that had already covered the localities of Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy .
Whitaker’s Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons.
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable.
Publishing Margaret Oliphant
Blackwood's published MO 's The Anti-Marriage League, a critique of Thomas Hardy 's Jude the Obscure.
Greenfield, John R., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 159. Gale Research.
159: 254
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press.
Reception Laurence Hope
Hope's work was popular, and was recognised by a number of her contemporaries, including Thomas Hardy , Arthur Symons , James Elroy Flecker , and Edith Thomas . After her death she garnered, along with...
Reception John Oliver Hobbes
The bronze portrait memorial to JOH was unveiled at University College, London , by Lord Curzon in the presence of herparents , assorted peers and dignitaries, and writers including Thomas Hardy and Anthony Hope
Reception Arnold Bennett
This novel won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Bennett was buoyed up by positive reviews from J. B. Priestley , H. G. Wells , Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy . He was annoyed...
Reception Charlotte Mew
CM was awarded a Civil List pension of £75 a year on the recommendation of John Masefield , Thomas Hardy , and Walter de la Mare .
Monro, Alida, and Charlotte Mew. “Charlotte Mew—A Memoir”. Collected Poems of Charlotte Mew, Gerald Duckworth, p. vii - xx.
Stanford, Donald E., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 19. Gale Research.


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