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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Textual Production Lady Cynthia Asquith
LCA 's posthumous biographical study entitled Thomas Hardy at Max Gate was her final work to see print.
Whitaker’s Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons, 2003.
Textual Production Susan Hill
SH edited a selection of Thomas Hardy for Penguin in 1979: The Distracted Preacher and Other Tales; it includes her introduction and notes. She has written new introductions for two novels by F. M. Mayor
Textual Production Ella D'Arcy
Six stories by EDA have been identified as published between 1899 and 1910 (after the demise of The Yellow Book in April 1897) in Century Magazine, Temple Bar, and The English Review (which...
Textual Production Emma Tennant
Her title, borrowed from that of a poem of pure nostalgia by Thomas Hardy , suggests the irony with which her protagonist is to be disillusioned over the country-house ideal. The second title in the...
Textual Production Emma Tennant
In the same year she published Tess, which is based on and continues the story of Hardy 's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
British Library Catalogue.
She followed these the next year with a return to Austen
Textual Production Elizabeth Jolley
EJ invoked as an appropriate description of her own motivation, Flaubert 's dictum that writing comes from an inner wound.
Joussen, Ulla. “An Interview with Elizabeth Jolley”. Kunapipi, No. 2, pp. 37 -43.
She said of Johnson 's Rasselas and Goethe 's Elective Affinities (both of which...
Textual Production Margaret Drabble
MD edited a book of essays entitled The Genius of Thomas Hardy.
British Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons, 1987.
British Book News. British Council.
(1976): 457
Drabble, Margaret. The Radiant Way. Penguin, 1988.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
3857 (13 February 1976): 157
Textual Production Charlotte Mew
CM 's manuscripts of poems and short stories and her unpublished letters are held in the British Library and in the Lockwood Memorial Library at SUNY Buffalo . The librarians at Buffalo are said to...
Textual Production Dora Sigerson
Thomas Hardy wrote a short Prefatory Note for DS 's posthumous collection A Dull Day in London, and Other Sketches.
Sigerson, Dora, and Thomas Hardy. A Dull Day in London. Eveleigh Nash, 1920.
British Library Catalogue.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Storm Jameson
Jameson briefly praises the writings of Mansfield , Conrad , Hardy , and James , along with Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis . However, she concentrates her study on the way other Georgian authors have...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Marjorie Bowen
MB credits British women novelists for modifying the methods of the great European novelists, noting in particular Dorothy Richardson 's perfection of the stream-of-consciousness technique. She draws a contrast between Dorothy Richardson 's Miriam and...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Philip Larkin
The central subject is the period which saw the rise of modernism and its assimilation—or not—into the native English tradition,
Motion, Andrew. Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life. Faber and Faber, 1993.
a tradition represented here by poets from Housman , Hardy , and William Barnes
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Q. D. Leavis
Here and elsewhere she published on a wide range of authors and literary topics, including Trollope , Hardy , Gissing , Forster , Orwell , and Aldous Huxley ; the Anglo-Irish, American, French, Italian, and...
Travel Susan Hill
Meanwhile, she established a habit of long visits: first to a country cottage in Dorset and then to a rented house at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. These were places used not for social or emotional...
Wealth and Poverty Geraldine Jewsbury
Mary Aitken Carlyle and John Forster aided in the campaign. The twenty-two names in support of her application included Alfred Tennyson , Thomas Carlyle , John Ruskin , and Thomas Hardy . Harriet and George Grote were also involved.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin, 1935.


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