The Life of Thomas Hardy: A Critical Biography

by Paul Turner

Wiley | June 8, 2001 | Trade Paperback

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Turner''s strikingly original and penetrating account of Hardy''s extraordinarily creative life and longevity offers a series of thirty-two chapters, each of which relates the biographical and literary background of a single work.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 9.1 × 6.02 × 1.08 in

Published: June 8, 2001

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0631228500

ISBN - 13: 9780631228509

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The Life of Thomas Hardy: A Critical Biography

by Paul Turner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 9.1 × 6.02 × 1.08 in

Published: June 8, 2001

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0631228500

ISBN - 13: 9780631228509

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Preface and Acknowledgements.

List of Abbreviations.

Introduction.

1. ''How I Built Myself a House''.

2. The Poor Man and the Lady.

3. Desperate Remedies.

4. Under the Greenwood Tree.

5. Pair of Blue Eyes.

6. Far From the Madding Crowd.

6. The Hand of Ethelberta.

7. The Return of the Native.

8. The Trumpet-Major.

9. A Laodicean.

10. Two on a Tower.

11. The Mayor of Casterbridge.

12. The Woodlanders.

13. Wessex Tales.

14. A Group of Noble Dames.

15. Tess of the d''Urbervilles.

16. Life''s Little Ironies.

17. Jude the Obscure.

18. The Well-Beloved.

19. Wessex Poems.

20. Poems of the Past and Present.

21. The Dynasts Part First.

22. The Dynasts Part Second.

23. The Dynasts Part Third.

24. Time''s Laughingstocks.

25. A Changed Man and Other Tales.

26. Satires of Circumstance.

27. Moments of Vision.

28. Late Lyrics and Earlier.

29. The Queen of Cornwall.

30. Human Shows.

31. Winter Words.

Notes.

Bibliography.

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Turner''s strikingly original and penetrating account of Hardy''s extraordinarily creative life and longevity offers a series of thirty-two chapters, each of which relates the biographical and literary background of a single work.

From the Jacket

Thomas Hardy''s professional career was a triumph of self-help. Born the son of a village stonemason and a cook, he made himself the best-known English author of his day. He began with a course of self-education. Leaving school at sixteen, he taught himself Greek, and read Greek and Latin poetry between five and eight every morning, before walking three miles to work in an architect''s office.

His private life was less unusual. Like most people, Hardy had problems with sex, money, health, morale, marital and social relationships, ageing, and bereavement. Outwardly uneventful, his personal life was interesting chiefly as raw material for his writings. Other material came from his extensive and varied reading, not least in classical literature, which Paul Turner, himself a classicist, shows to have played a key part in Hardy''s work as both novelist and poet. The profound influence upon Hardy, not only of Greek and Roman epic, Greek tragedy (and a late Greek novel), but also of Shakespeare, Milton and the Victorian poets, figures prominently here, as too does the literary value for him of his practical knowledge of music.

Turner''s strikingly original and penetrating account of Hardy''s extraordinarily creative life and longevity offers a series of thirty-two chapters, each of which relates the biographical and literary background of a single work.

About the Author

Paul D.L. Turner, Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, read Classics and English at Cambridge University, and was formerly a University Lecturer in English at Oxford University. He contributed Victorian Poetry, Drama, and Miscellaneous Prose 1832-1890 to the Oxford History of English Literature, and his many other publications include translations of Daphnis and Chloe, Lucian''s Satirical and Thomas More''s Utopia.

Editorial Reviews

"... his method has much recommended it. The useful book contains illustrations and notes and is recommended for all academic libraries." Choice "This is a very intriguing and useful work. The result is a book of great interest at various levels, and of value to a range of readers. Students at all levels will find much closely argued material (and meticulously referenced throughout) to help interpretation of the author and his works. Those of us who think we know the man and his work will find new ways of looking at and interpreting the already familiar. This is an intriguing and useful work which opens many new avenues into and through Hardy and his work, both the novels and the poetry. It makes a useful addition to a scholarly series, although this volume at least (I cannot speak for any of the others since I have not read them) has much to offer any interested reader. It is recommended for any literature collection." Languages and Literature "Although it does, indeed, contain a great deal of interesting biographical material this new life has an important new dimension. It explores in considerable detail Hardy''s use in his writing of his wide and erudite background of reading. The book is full of instances of Turner''s insight into the influence of Hardy''s reading on his writing, {and} adds substantially to our knowledge of Hardy''s creative methods." The Thomas Hardy Journal "For a critical biography so largely concerned with Hardy''s reading, Paul Turner has proved an
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