The Hand of Ethelberta

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Echo Library, Apr 1, 2006 - Fiction - 448 pages
23 Reviews
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User Review  - Philip Lane - Goodreads

Quite a fun book in which Ethelberta is chased after by four men and she tries to make the most of her desirability as a spouse. In some ways I found it shocking that Ethelberta struggles so hard to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne Demitrio - Goodreads

Take Hardy's introduction to this novel at its word: he wrote it for fun, and it shows. It's not tragic or terribly deep; there are no great themes to ponder; but the characters are varied and charming, the plot's a musical comedy, and the writing is often delicious. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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 Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady.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 penned 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 1874, 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. 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 Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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