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Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate Collection

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.

1. Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics) (2003)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate Collection  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. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. One of his first works set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, Hardy’s novel of swift passion and slow…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy , Shannon Russell, et al.

2. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) (2003)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen 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. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, subtitled “A Pure Woman,” is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy’s novels. Based on the three-volume first edition that shocked readers when first…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy , Tim Dolin , et al.

3. The Return of the Native (Penguin Classics) (1999)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionTempestuous 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. Their unhappy marriage causes havoc in the lives of those close to them, in particular Damon Wildeve, Eustacia’s former lover, Clym’s mother and his…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy, Tony Slade

4. The Woodlanders (Oxford World’s Classics) (2009)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionLove 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. Hardy’s powerful novel depicts individuals in thrall to desire and the natural law that motivates them.This is the only…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy , Dale Kramer, et al.

5. Under the Greenwood Tree (2015)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionUnder 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. Any profits made from the sale of this book will go towards supporting the Freeriver Community project, a project that aims to support community and encourage well-being. To learn more about the Freeriver Community project please visit the website- www.freerivercommunity.com…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

6. Thomas Hardy – Jude The Obscure (2016)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionHardy’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….
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

7. Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2017)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionTess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Booksize: 8,5 x 11…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

8. Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy ((Wordsworth Poetry Library)) (1998)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThomas 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. He is now recognised not only as a great poet, but as one who is widely loved. He speaks with directness, humanity and humour to scholarly or ordinary readers…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

9. The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved and the Well-Beloved (Penguin Classics) (1998)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn   (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. The pursuit finally fixes on three women called Avice Caro—grandmother, mother and daughter—in a way that mixes tragedy and high farce.The books were written one before and one after his “last” novel,   (1895). Both stories are richly ambiguous but the first shows the successful exercise of masculine power and the second…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy, Patricia Ingham

10. Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) (1998)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThomas 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. This definitive volume contains selections from his numerous collections published between 1898 and 1928.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works…
Author(s): Thomas Hardy, Robert Mezey

11. Tess of the d’Urbervilles: By Thomas Hardy – Illustrated (2017)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionHow 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. 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….
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

12. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionFar 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….
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

13. Tess of the D’urbervilles (2014)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionTess 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, Tess of the d’Ubervilles received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores of late Victorian England….
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

14. Tess of the D’urbervilles (2015)

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate CollectionTess 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….
Author(s): Thomas Hardy

Best Thomas Hardy Books: The Ultimate Collection

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Thomas Hardy’s Elegiac Prose and Poetry

Author(s): Galia Benziman
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2254831

Poems of Thomas Hardy: A New Selection by Ned Halley

Author(s): Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1714349

Thomas Hardy and History

Author(s): Fred Reid, Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2133920

Food in the Novels of Thomas Hardy : Production and Consumption

Author(s): Kim Salmons
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2134933

Thomas Hardy and Victorian Communication: Letters, Telegrams and Postal Systems

Author(s): Karin Koehler
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1532954

Thomas Hardy: Folklore and Resistance

Author(s): Jacqueline Dillion
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582519

Thomas Hardy’s Pastoral : An Unkindly May

Author(s): Indy Clark
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1685956

Thomas Hardy, time and narrative : a narratological approach to his novels

Author(s): Hardy, Thomas; Ireland, Ken
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1434013

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