Thomas Hardy (Paperback) - Tomalin, Claire

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In this seminal biography of the enigmatic novelist and poet Thomas Hardy ("Tess of the d'Urbervilles"), Whitbread Award winner Tomalin skillfully identifies the inner demons and the outer mores that drove Hardy and presents a rich and complex portrait of one of the greatest figures in English literature.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780143112877
SKU 205098039
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0143112872
Release Date 12/18/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 1T
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"Claire Tomlin's biography...allows the curious reader to muse for many hours on the relationship between life and fiction, between poetry and the novel. One returns to Thomas Hardy with a renewed pleasure and surprise."
"[An] excellent new biography."
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Annotation Thomas Hardy lived a relatively unadventurous life compared to some authors: he excelled in school, then worked and won prizes as an architect before becoming a financial and critical success as a writer, and despite domestic problems he remained devoted to his wife, Emma. However, as his novels powerfully demonstrate, beneath the surface Hardy was deeply troubled by conflicts of timidity, social standing, love, suffering, and desire. His view of life leaned strongly toward the dire; as he wrote to a writer who had recently lost a young child: "To be candid, I think the death of a child is never really to be regretted, when one reflects on what he has escaped." In her new biography Claire Tomalin skillfully and imaginatively evokes the life that Hardy could not escape. She examines the experiences of his youth as a sickly child born to a poor family, his early passion for a school teacher, and the difficulties he had growing up and taking part in the literary life of London. Hardy's life was not writ large, but in his subtle suffering and trials Tomalin discovers the fascinating roots of his marvelous novels--and she makes a valiant attempt to explain why, after writing his controversial masterpiece, JUDE THE OBSCURE, Hardy never wrote another novel.
Editors Note A seminal portrait of the enigmatic nineteenth-century novelist and poet, written by the Whitbread Book of the Year-winning author of Samuel Pepys, discusses his humble origins, rise through the London literary scene, and efforts to challenge the sexual and religious conventions of his time. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 Â?A masterful portraitÂ? (The Philadelphia Inquirer) from a Whitbread AwardÂ?winning biographer || The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every bookloverÂ's shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy challenged the sexual and religious conventions of his time in his novels and then abandoned fiction to reestablish himself as a great twentieth-century lyric poet. In this acclaimed new biography, Claire Tomalin, one of todayÂ's preeminent literary biographers, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.
Editors Note 3 A seminal portrait of the enigmatic nineteenth-century novelist and poet, written by the Whitbread Book of the Year-winning author of Samuel Pepys, discusses his humble origins, rise through the London literary scene, and efforts to challenge the sexual and religious conventions of his time. Reprint.
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Number of Pages 0486
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