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The Dynasts is "an epic-drama of the war with Napoleon, in three parts, nineteen acts and one hundred and thirty scenes" by Thomas Hardy, whose parts were published in 1904, 1906 and 1908 respectively. The action is impossible to present on stage due to its elaborate battle-scenes and it is therefore usually counted as a closet drama. By the English novelist, short story w ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1904)
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Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, poetry
Thomas Hardy is a member of the extremely small set of writers widely considered to have written important poetry, novels and short fiction. (Can anybody name another? - I can't!) Perhaps his least known work is his one foray into the literary form not mentioned above - drama. The Dynasts was published late in his career (after 1900) in three parts with two year intervals between successive parts.

Now, having read all the novels and short stories (many twice), I made a decision that I should inve
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Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates cha ...more
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