Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Belgravia 1878
Number of pages: 362
One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life.
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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.
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 - 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 - William Tinsley
Blue-eyed Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men. Written at a crucial time in Hardy's life, this book expresses more directly than any of his novels the events that made him the writer he was.