There are countless Thomas Hardy courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
- Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics) (2003)
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) (2003)
- The Return of the Native (Penguin Classics) (1999)
- The Woodlanders (Oxford World’s Classics) (2009)
- Under the Greenwood Tree (2015)
- Thomas Hardy – Jude The Obscure (2016)
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2017)
- Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy ((Wordsworth Poetry Library)) (1998)
- The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved and the Well-Beloved (Penguin Classics) (1998)
- Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) (1998)
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles: By Thomas Hardy – Illustrated (2017)
- Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
- Tess of the D’urbervilles (2014)
- Tess of the D’urbervilles (2015)
In Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success, independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak.
When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her ‘cousin’ Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.
Tempestuous Eustacia Vye passes her days dreaming of passionate love and the escape it may bring from the small community of Egdon Heath. Hearing that Clym Yeobright is to return from Paris, she sets her heart on marrying him, believing that through him she can leave rural life and find fulfilment elsewhere. But she is to be disappointed, for Clym has dreams of his own, and they have little in common with Eustacia’s.
Love and the erratic heart are at the center of Hardy’s “woodland story.” Set in the beautiful Blackmoor Vale, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-to-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of the dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Felice Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.
Under the Greenwood Tree (2015)
Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy tells the story of the activities of a group of church musicians, the Mellstock parish choir, one of whom, Dick Dewy, becomes romantically involved with a new school mistress, Fancy Day. This is a classic tale and one of Hardy’s most loved works, a great addition to any collection.
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. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.
Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2017)
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Booksize: 8,5 x 11
Thomas Hardy started composing poetry in the heyday of Tennyson and Browning. He was still writing with unimpaired power sixty years later, when Eliot and Yeats were the leading names in the field. His extraordinary stamina and a consistent individuality of style and vision made him a survivor, immune to literary fashion. At the start of the twenty-first century his reputation stands higher than it ever did, even in his own lifetime.
In (1892) and (1897), Hardy writes two different versions of a strange story set in the weird landscape of Portland.The central figure is a man obsessed both with the search for his ideal woman and with sculpting the perfect figure of a naked Aphrodite.
Thomas Hardy abandoned the novel form at the turn of the century, probably after public reaction to Jude the Obscure, but continued to write verse displaying a wide variety of metrical styles and stanza forms and a broad scope of tone and attitude.
How is this book unique? About Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 and in book form in 1892.
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership. Critical notices were plentiful and mostly positive. Hardy revised the text extensively for the 1895 edition and made further changes for the 1901 edition.
Tess of the D’urbervilles (2014)
Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 and in book form in 1892.
Tess of the D’urbervilles (2015)
Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 and in book form in 1892. Though now considered a major nineteenth-century English novel and possibly Hardy’s masterpiece, Tess of the d’Urbervilles received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual morals of late Victorian England.
Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate Collection
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Thomas Hardy’s Elegiac Prose and Poetry
Author(s): Galia Benziman
ID: 2254831, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf
A History Of Psychology: From Antiquity To Modernity
Author(s): Thomas Hardy Leahey
ID: 2792104, Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2018, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf
The Expression of Things : Themes in Thomas Hardy's Fiction and Poetry
Author(s): John Hughes
ID: 2992900, Publisher: Sussex Academic Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
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