A Pair of Blue Eyes

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Elfride is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a remote sea-swept parish in Cornwall based on St. Juliot, where Thomas Hardy began the book during the first days of his courtship of his first wife Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary man, Henry Knight. The former friends become rivals, and Elfride faces an agonizing choice. ...
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Overview

Elfride is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a remote sea-swept parish in Cornwall based on St. Juliot, where Thomas Hardy began the book during the first days of his courtship of his first wife Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary man, Henry Knight. The former friends become rivals, and Elfride faces an agonizing choice.

This novel contains strong autobiographical parallels between the characters and circumstances of Stephen Smith and Elfride Swancourt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781496033161
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2. 1840, in Stinsford, England, the son of a stonemason. He attended Mr. Last's Academy for Young Gentlemen in Dorchester, where he learned Latin. His schooling came to an end at age 16, due to money issues and he became an apprentice to an architect, winning prizes from the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.

By 1867, he had moved back home to focus on writing. He wrote his first novel, "The Poor Man and the Lady" that same year. In 1874, he married Emma Lavinia Gifford, who died in 1912. In 1914, he married Florence Emily Dugdale, who was nearly 40 years younger. His final novel was published in 1897. Hardy died on January 11, 1928, of pleurisy, at the age of 87, in Dorchester. His heart is buried in Stinsford, while his ashes are at Westminster Abbey, in Poets' Corner.

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