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Overview

These research and study guides are the perfect introduction to critical analysis of the most popular novelists today. Each book covers two to four novels, offering a variety of viewpoints by different critics on the important aspects of each work. The series is edited by Yale University professor and leading literary critic Harold Bloom, who provides additional analysis of the texts. Each volume also contains a biography of the author, a summary of each novel, a listing of additional critical works about the novels, a complete bibliography of the author's work, and an index of important themes and ideas, making Bloom's Major Novelists an important reference for students, as well as a learning tool for all readers of literature. Bloom's Major Novelists is a definitive guide for independent study and a single source for footnoting essays and research papers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791078914
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Bloom's Major Poets Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

User's Guide 7
Editor's Note 8
Introduction 9
Biography of Thomas Hardy 13
Plot Summary of Far from the Madding Crowd 21
List of Characters in Far from the Madding Crowd 29
Critical Views on Far from the Madding Crowd 31
Howard Babb on Setting and Theme 31
Richard C. Carpenter on Mirror Imagery 33
William Mistichelli on Androgyny, Survival and Fulfillment 36
Michael Squires on the Pastoral 40
Judith Bryant Wittenberg on Angles of Vision 42
Plot Summary of The Return of the Native 46
List of Characters in The Return of the Native 53
Critical Views on The Return of the Native 55
Gillian Beer on Plot and Writing 55
Jennifer Gribble on the Ambiguity of "The Quiet Woman" 60
Robert Langbaum on Versions of Pastoral 62
Charles E. May on the Magic of Metaphor 65
Perry Meisel on the Return of the Repressed 69
Robert Squillace on Hardy and the Mummers 71
Plot Summary of The Mayor of Casterbridge 75
List of Characters in The Mayor of Casterbridge 80
Critical Views on The Mayor of Casterbridge 82
Peter J. Casagrande on the Architectural Matrix 82
R. P. Draper on Oedipus and Fate 84
D. H. Fussell on Changing Times 87
Robert C. Schweik on Character and Fate 91
Michael Taft on Folklore and the Literary Imagination 93
Plot Summary of Tess of the d'Urbervilles 97
List of Character in Tess of the d'Urbervilles 104
Critical Views on Tess of the d'Urbervilles 106
Kristin Brady on Tess and Alec 106
Mary Jacobus on Maternal Imagery 108
Dale Kramer on the Tragedy of Consciousness 111
Ronald D. Morrison on Reading and Restoration 114
Lisa Sternlieb on the Old Testament and Tess' Character 117
Plot Summary of Jude the Obscure 121
List of Characters in Jude the Obscure 130
Critical Views on Jude the Obscure 131
Suzanne Edwards on the Self-Conscious Child 131
Regenia Gagnier on Education and Marriage 134
William R. Goetz on the Distinction Between Divorce and Marriage 137
Elizabeth Langland on the Elusive Sue Bridehead 139
Patrick R. O'Malley on the Role of the Supernatural 142
Paul Pickrel on the Fall of Phaethon 146
Works by Thomas Hardy 149
Works About Thomas Hardy 151
Acknowledgments 155
Index of Themes and Ideas 158
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