Thomas Hardy

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"A masterful portrait" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer

The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover'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 today's preeminent literary biographers, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.
 

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THOMAS HARDY: The Time-Torn Man

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Another wonderfully readable life by veteran biographer and journalist Tomalin (Samuel Pepys, 2002, etc.). She always builds a good story, and this slow but touching biography of the mild-mannered ... Read full review

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Praising Thomas Hardy's poetry, fellow poet Ezra Pound called it the harvest of having written 20 novels first. Given the prominence of Hardy's novels, it is easy to forget that he is also one of the ... Read full review

Contents

Mother
3
Child
18
The Bookish Boy
31
Friends and Brothers
46
The Londoner
63
The Clever Lads Dream
87
Lyonnesse
99
The True Vocation
112
Tom and Em
233
The Terracotta Dress
245
A Witch and a Wife
263
Cat Bird Eagle Sphinx
279
Convergence
297
Satires of Circumstance
312
A Friend from Cambridge
326
The Wizard
339

Easy to Die
126
IO A Short Visit to the Continent
141
Dreaming the Heath
163
Hardy Joins a Club
175
The Tower
188
The Conformers
200
The Blighted Star
218
Winter Words
358
EPILOGUE
370
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
381
BIBLIOGRAPHY
453
TEXT AND ILLUSTRATION PERMISSIONS
462
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About the author (2007)

Claire Tomalin is the author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Whitbread Biography Award, the Samuel Pepys Award, and dubbed "invaluable" by The New York Review of Books. She is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Wordsworth Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Vice President of English PEN. She lives her husband, the playwright and novelist Michael Frayn

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