Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy

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Under the editorial direction of Professor Norman Page, more than 40 of the world's most prominent experts on Hardy have been brought together to combine their insights and understandings of all aspects of Hardy studies. The result is a unique synthesis of knowledge, incorporating different national interests and traditions of scholarship, investigating Hardy's life, work, and influences, and the historical context in which he wrote." "As well as the assurance of sound scholarship and the convenience of the ...
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Overview

Under the editorial direction of Professor Norman Page, more than 40 of the world's most prominent experts on Hardy have been brought together to combine their insights and understandings of all aspects of Hardy studies. The result is a unique synthesis of knowledge, incorporating different national interests and traditions of scholarship, investigating Hardy's life, work, and influences, and the historical context in which he wrote." "As well as the assurance of sound scholarship and the convenience of the Companion format, there are unexpected delights for the browser, such as entries on alcohol, humour, and pets. The Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy is for the Hardy scholar and the Hardy reader alike: more than 300 entries arranged A-Z for immediate access; all the novels, collections of verse, autobiography, letters, essays, stories, and notebooks; Hardy's family and friends, the places that were important to him, and the influences that shaped his works; popular reaction and critical approaches to his work, and the history of Hardy publishing; 40 integrated black-and-white illustrations; fully cross-referenced to facilitate browsing; and subject index listing entries by topic, Additional material includes a chronology of Hardy's life, an index of his poems, lists of place-names and characters in his works, a glossary of dialect words and expressions, and an extensive bibliography.
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These additions to the "Reader's Companion" series (following those on Dickens and Trollope) address the need for one-volume encyclopedic surveys of these two master novelists. Although each book uses a basic A-Z format, there are differences as well. The Joseph Conrad reference is concerned with seven broad areas: biography, places associated with the life and writings, literary life, reputation, the works, influences and sources, and historical and cultural contexts. The heading "Conrad, Joseph" in the body of the book refers the reader to a chronology of Conrad's life. Each novel is treated in one long, undivided essay, and individual characters are discussed in detail, as are various critical approaches to the writer. A number of entries end with brief bibliographical paragraphs. Knowles (English, Univ. of Hull, England) and Moore (English, Univ. of Amsterdam) worked with four other contributors. The Thomas Hardy companion is also concerned with seven broad areas: the works, people, places, contexts, publishing, criticism and scholarship, and miscellaneous topics. Both a biography and a chronology are included. Long discussions of the novels are divided into sections (e.g., composition, illustrations, plot, reception, and critical approaches), while the essays on the poetry collections are not. The characters are not discussed individually, and there is one "critical approaches" entry rather than single references to each theory. Many entries end with bibliographies of one or more critical studies, and a good-sized bibliography is included, as are a number of useful appendixes (index of the poems, characters in the fiction, place-names, glossary of dialect words, and Hardy'sworks in the cinema, radio, and television). Page (English, Univ. of Nottingham. emeritus) worked with 42 contributors. Both works are lively and thorough, and both are highly recommended for upper division academic library collections as well as larger public libraries. (Illustrations not seen.)--Morris Hounion, New York City Technical Coll. Lib., Brooklyn Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198604198
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/25/2002
  • Series: Reader's Companion Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Contributors x
List of Abbreviations xi
Chronology xii
Subject Index xvii
The Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy 1
Appendices
A Index of Hardy's poems 495
B Characters in Hardy's novels 507
C Place-names in Hardy's writings 510
D Glossary of dialect words and expressions 512
E Hardy in the cinema and on radio and television 517
Bibliography 519
Picture Acknowledgements 529
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