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Well-Beloved : Wordsworth Classics - HARDY THOMAS

Well-Beloved

Wordsworth Classics

Paperback

Published: July 1999
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Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary "Well-Beloved" - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh. Using this symbolism, this romantic fantasy is grounded in reality with a characteristically authentic rendering of location, the Isle of Slingers, or Portland as we know it. This book has an introduction and notes by Jane Thomas, of the University of Hull. "The Well-Beloved" completes the cycle of Hardy's great novels, reiterating his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in both love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary "Well-Beloved" - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh. Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with a characteristically authentic rendering of location, the Isle of Slingers, or Portland as we know it. Overt exploration of the relationship between erotic fascination and creativity makes this novel a nineteenth-century landmark in the persistent debate about art, aesthetics and gender.

ISBN: 9781840224054
ISBN-10: 1840224053
Series: Wordsworth Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: New edition