A Companion to Thomas Hardy

A Companion to Thomas Hardy

by Keith Wilson
     
 

A Companion to Thomas Hardy brings together new essays on all aspects of Thomas Hardy’s work by thirty of the world’s most distinguished Hardy scholars. Groundbreaking insights are revealed through examinations of his novels, short stories, poetry, and the often neglected epic-drama, The Dynasts, that Hardy, like many of his contemporaries

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A Companion to Thomas Hardy brings together new essays on all aspects of Thomas Hardy’s work by thirty of the world’s most distinguished Hardy scholars. Groundbreaking insights are revealed through examinations of his novels, short stories, poetry, and the often neglected epic-drama, The Dynasts, that Hardy, like many of his contemporaries, considered to be his major achievement. The Companion provides an influential re-assessment of Hardy’s place in both Victorian and Modern literature, with essays that consider his complexity as a biographical subject, probe his ideas and attitudes in relation to their socio-cultural, scientific, and philosophical contexts, analyze his distinctive achievements in the remarkable variety of genres in which he worked, and assess his legacy for subsequent modernist writers.

Comprehensive and authoritative, A Companion to Thomas Hardy offers an unparalleled range of contemporary scholarship on an author whose transitional position between the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries makes him central to the study of both. This Companion provides a seamless overview of the entirety of Hardy’s oeuvre, through historical contextualization and analysis of key works.

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“Perhaps Hardy the poet needs a separate Companion.  If it matched this one in the quality of writing and usefulness to the student, it would be a treasure.”  (Victorian Studies, 1 October 2012)

"Keith Wilson's A Companion to Thomas Hardy, is distinguished for the thoroughness with which it covers intellectual contexts and for the quality of its contributors. Scholars and students of Hardy will not want to be without it."
Studies in English Literature

"Like the many other titles in the Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture series, this volume offers comprehensive, newly written work that meets the needs of experienced undergraduates, graduate students, and all who seek the best recent scholarship on Hardy ... These fresh perspectives on Hardy will lead many to reread Hardy with new vision."
English Literature in Transition

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118307496
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"Keith Wilson's A Companion to Thomas Hardy, is distinguished for the thoroughness with which it covers intellectual contexts and for the quality of its contributors. Scholars and students of Hardy will not want to be without it."—Studies in English Literature

"Like the many other titles in the Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture series, this volume offers comprehensive, newly written work that meets the needs of experienced undergraduates, graduate students, and all who seek the best recent scholarship on Hardy ... These fresh perspectives on Hardy will lead many to reread Hardy with new vision."—English Literature in Transition

“There must be at least ten good books' worth of ideas and analysis in these thirty essays" (Hardy Review)

“Hardy was a diverse, complex author, and this text mirrors his diversity and does much to explain his complexity. Highly recommended.”—Choice  

“Given the range and number of its essays as well as its treatment of those who influenced Hardy, such as Darwin and Mill, this book will be indispensable for anyone conducting research in the nineteenth-century novel or poetry or teaching in the area … With thirty critical essays from some of the most prominent experts in Hardy scholarship, in addition to Keith Wilson's provocative and concise introduction, this new book will inspire readers to return to the texts themselves.” (New Books on Literature) 

“This collection of essays is accessible to both the general reader and the scholar … The typeface is clear, the page quality and binding of a high standard, making this, like other titles in the series, an excellent addition to any academic library collection serving English literary studies and the public library looking to provide an up to date critical context for its fiction collection.” (Reference Reviews)

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