Desperate Remedies (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) dreamed since childhood of becoming a poet. However, he produced several popular works that cemented his reputation as a great novelist of the Victorian period, and earned him the admiration of later writers like D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. He achieved greatness in the fiction genre early on, writing novels for a living until his mid-fifties, then abandoning fiction entirely in order to devote himself to his true passion poetry. Hardy's stories are noted for their nuances of Romantic and Enlightenment thinking, particularly elements of the supernatural. "Desperate Remedies", a brilliant but neglected novel, was the first that Hardy ever published. He treats the darker aspects of human passion as well as the innocence of young love, especially through a woman's point of view. It is a tale of love entanglement, mystery, surprise and moral irrationality. In it's depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality, this novel is marked by the imprint of Hardy's genius.
  

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Review: Desperate Remedies

User Review  - Tristan - Goodreads

It's certainly not what you would call 'good', but it's got a pretty bizarre blend of genres going on, awkwardly using a variety of canonical allusions in incongruent ways while Hardy appropriates ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Finnegan - Goodreads

Hardy writes his own review in the prefatory note and accurately surmises that ôsome of the scenes, and at least one of the characters, have been deemed not unworthy of a little longer preservation ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy wrote Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and a Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1974, his first book as a full-time author, Far From the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Some of Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in a house in Dorchester, England. The house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its' construction. Thomas Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes were buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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