The Return of the Native by Thomas HardyThe Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The Return of the Native

byThomas Hardy, Nancy BarrineauEditorSimon Gatrell

Paperback | September 14, 2008

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'To be loved to madness - such was her great desire'Eustacia Vye criss-crosses the wild Egdon Heath, eager to experience life to the full in her quest for 'music, poetry, passion, war'. She marries Clym Yeobright, native of the heath, but his idealism frustrates her romantic ambitions and her discontent draws others into a tangled web of deceit andunhappiness.Early readers responded to Hardy's 'insatiably observant' descriptions of the heath, a setting that for D. H. Lawrence provided the 'real stuff of tragedy'. For modern readers, the tension between the mythic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters challenges our freedom to shapethe world as we wish; like Eustacia, we may not always be able to live our dreams.This edition has a critically established text based on the manuscript and first edition, and without the later changes that substantially altered Hardy's original intentions.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is one of England's greatest novelists. Most of his work is set in his native Dorset, on the south coast of England.
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Title:The Return of the NativeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.87 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199537046

ISBN - 13:9780199537044

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