Thomas Hardy : The Time-Torn Man

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-29
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Thomas Hardy was one of the great Victorian novelists and one of the great twentieth-century poets. This is the first of the many paradoxes he presents. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy was the son of a village builder who challenged the sexual and religious conventions of his time yet ultimately won the affection and support of the English aristocracy. In this acclaimed new biography, one of today's preeminent literary biographers reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Claire Tomalin is the author of seven highly acclaimed biographies, including the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Map: showing the area around Higher Bockhampton and Max Gatep. xiv
Prologuep. xvii
Motherp. 3
Childp. 18
The Bookish Boyp. 31
Friends and Brothersp. 46
The Londonerp. 63
The Clever Lad's Dreamp. 87
Lyonnessep. 99
The True Vocationp. 112
Easy to Diep. 126
A Short Visit to the Continentp. 141
Dreaming the Heathp. 163
Hardy Joins a Clubp. 175
The Towerp. 188
The Conformersp. 200
The Blighted Starp. 218
Tom and Emp. 233
The Terra-cotta Dressp. 245
A Witch and a Wifep. 263
Cat, Bird, Eagle, Sphinxp. 279
Convergencep. 297
Satires of Circumstancep. 312
A Friend from Cambridgep. 326
The Wizardp. 339
Winter Wordsp. 358
Epiloguep. 370
List of Abbreviationsp. 381
Notesp. 383
Bibliographyp. 453
Text and Illustration Permissionsp. 462
Indexp. 465
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