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Thomas Hardy A Literary Life (Hardcover)

Author:  James Gibson
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0312159455
ISBN-13: 9780312159450
Sku: 30045732
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  220
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It is a measure of the difference between Edmun Gosse and Thomas Hardy that Gosse could describe Hardy''s life as ''uneventful''. Hardy was so interested in every aspect of the human situation that he would have seen no human - or animal - life as ''uneventful'', and time has not confirmed Gosse''s assumption. At a rough calculation the three major biographies of Hardy published in the past twenty years total some 2000 pages, not really an indication of a shortage of events about which to write.
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Thomas Hardy is today recognised as second only to Shakespeare in the greatness of his achievement. Writer of fourteen published novels, two or three of them among the greatest in our language, of that remarkable Napoleonic epic, The Dynasts, of nearly eight books of verse containing some of the finest and most anthologised of all English poems, and a host of short stories, Hardy is a fascinating literary personality. James Gibson traces his life from his birth in a humble cottage in Dorset to his death and burial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. We see Hardy in the first thirty years of his life determined to become a great writer and earnestly preparing himself for that career. For most of the next thirty years he wrote novels which slowly brought him fame and wealth, and then, returning to his first love, poetry, he achieved a similar success as a poet. He is shown to be a highly professional writer who drew largely upon his own personal experience and took great pride in his calling.

Thomas Hardy is today recognised as second only to Shakespeare in the greatness of his achievement. Writer of fourteen published novels, two or three of them among the greatest in our language, of that remarkable Napoleonic epic, The Dynasts, of nearly eight books of verse containing some of the finest and most anthologised of all English poems, and a host of short stories, Hardy is a fascinating literary personality. James Gibson traces his life from his birth in a humble cottage in Dorset to his death and burial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. We see Hardy in the first thirty years of his life determined to become a great writer and earnestly preparing himself for that career. For most of the next thirty years he wrote novels which slowly brought him fame and wealth, and then, returning to his first love, poetry, he achieved a similar success as a poet. He is shown to be a highly professional writer who drew largely upon his own personal experience and took great pride in his calling.

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Product attributePublisher:   Palgrave MacMillan
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