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Thomas Hardy: The Novels
by Norman Page
This book provides models for close analysis of Hardy, with particular focus on Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure. Part one focuses on major themes and key passages, while part two includes background information on Hardy's life and career, a guide to leading critics, and to further reading.
Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 25th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2001)
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If you haven't liked Hardy in the past, for whatever reason(s), this book might change your mind. I've always loved Hardy, but, after reading this, I love him even more. I can't imagine there are many contemporary writers who could touch his level of literary craftsmanship.