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 - Macmillan
The phrase 'life's little ironies' was coined by Hardy as the title for this volume. Unified by his irony, strong visual sense, and engaging characters, these stories deal with the tragic and the humorous, the metaphysical and the magical.
by Thomas Hardy
The first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. The story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.
by Thomas Hardy - MacMillan
The rich Lady Constantine lives a boring existence, also a chaste one, forced on her by an absent husband who may indeed be dead. But then she meets young Swithin, a naively ambitious astronomer, who shares with her his passion for the stars.
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.