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Thomas Hardy : His Career as a Novelist - Michael Millgate

Thomas Hardy

His Career as a Novelist

Paperback Published: 9th June 1994
ISBN: 9780333623169
Number Of Pages: 428

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'...a beautiful wrought study that belongs in every good library'. Publishers' Weekly '...remains a major contribution to Hardy studies' - Charles Osborne, Sunday Telegraph Originally published in 1971 and now for the first time reprinted, Thomas Hardy: His Career as a Novelist has long been recognized as a major - and exceptionally well-written - work of Hardy criticism that also set new standards for Hardy scholarship. A recent survey refers to it as 'one of the most permanently useful' of Hardy studies, characterized by an 'admirably clear, unpretentious style'. Although the central chapters are predominantly critical, offering independent readings of each of the novels (including those customarily considered 'minor'), those readings are developed within the context of available knowledge of Hardy's personal and intellectual backgrounds, his friendships and family relationships, and his evolution as a professional writer. Extensive use is made of Hardy's own manuscripts, notebooks, nd letters and of the correspondence and reminiscences of those who knew him, and in a new preface Michael Millgate speaks of having sought to resolve 'the standard work/life dichotomy' by pursuing 'the unitary conception of a career'.

Preface to 1994 Reissue
Preface
Prelude
The Poor Man and the Lady
Apprenticeship
Desperate Remedies
'Ce Saxon autodidacte': A Matter of Education
Under the Greenwood Tree
Bockhampton and St Juliot: The Exploitation of Autobiography
A Pair of Blue Eyes
Achievement
Far from the Madding Crowd
Puddletown into Weatherbury
The Genesis of Wessex
The Hand of Ethelberta
On Native Grounds
The Return of the Native
Recession
The Trumpet-Major
The Uses of a Regional Past
A Laodicean
Hardy's Laodiceanism: Politics and Ideas
Two on a Tower
Renewal
Max Gate
'The Dorsetshire Labourer'
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Evolution of Wessex
The Woodlanders
Fulfilment
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Candour in English Fiction
The Well-Beloved
Hardy and the Theatre
Jude the Obscure -
Afterword
The End of Prose
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780333623169
ISBN-10: 0333623169
Series: His Career as a Novelist
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 9th June 1994
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 11