by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Harper & Brothers 1905
Number of pages: 362
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. 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.
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by Thomas Hardy - Feedbooks
Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared - marriage, religion, education - and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction.
by Thomas Hardy - Nelson Doubleday
Hardy's simple girl Tess becomes a tragic heroine going from innocent girl at the beginning to pure woman whose life is shaped by events beyond her control. Perhaps the finest of the novels by Thomas Hardy and a masterpiece of tragic fiction.
by Thomas Hardy - The Macmillan Company
The stories take place in an imaginative locale, Wessex, based on the area around the author's home. Combining the real with the imagined, Hardy unfurls the ironies of everyday life; his introduction gives an appreciation of what is to come.
by Thomas Hardy - ManyBooks
A tale of mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity. Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins.