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Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin
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Feb 05, 2009

Besides viewing Hardy's life from a 21st-century perspective, Claire Tomalin emphasizes his poetry as much as his novels. Her decision to do so may have stemmed from a newly found fondness for his poetry, or it may have been her rationale for writing a new Hardy biography among so many already available. Tomalin is a biographer so confident in her own voice that she can make any subject seem fresh and memorable. As in her biographies of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Katherine Mansfield, among others, Tomalin demonstrates empathy for her subject, the ability to analyze her subject without falling into reductionism, first-rate research, logical thinking, psychological insights, and a compelling writing style.

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