Thomas Hardy: A Biography

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This full-scale biography of Thomas Hardy presents not only the richest, most comprehensive account of his life available, but also the most balanced and sympathetic view of Hardy as a man and as an artist. Michael Millgate has drawn extensively on previously unknown materials, including diaries, notebooks, letters, local records, and contemporary newspapers, and on his experience as co-editor of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy.

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This full-scale biography of Thomas Hardy presents not only the richest, most comprehensive account of his life available, but also the most balanced and sympathetic view of Hardy as a man and as an artist. Michael Millgate has drawn extensively on previously unknown materials, including diaries, notebooks, letters, local records, and contemporary newspapers, and on his experience as co-editor of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy.

This biography draws on previously unkown materials and on the authors experience as co-editor of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy.

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"A splendid biography....Millgate is the kind of biographer writers dream of. He gives us all the necessary details, but none of the gratuitous ones. While he doesn't attempt to psychoanalyze Hardy, he gets as close to him as he can by legitimate means."--The New York Times

"It is likely to be the biography of choice for ordinary readers who require only one life of Hardy....Millgate also does more...than anyone writing about Hardy previously has done to suggest possible answers to the primary question of what sustained this writer whose reputation is growing steadily again now after a period of decline."--The Yale Review

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  • ISBN-13: 9780192814722
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/21/1985
  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks Series
  • Pages: 653
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
General Acknowledgements xi
1 Hardys and Hands 3
2 Bockhampton 24
3 Dorchester 49
4 London 74
5 The Poor Man and the Lady 102
6 St. Juliot 121
7 Far from the Madding Crowd 140
8 Surbiton to Swanage 163
9 Sturminster Newton 180
10 The Return of the Native 194
11 Illness 212
12 Return to Dorchester 233
13 Max Gate 256
14 The Woodlanders 278
15 The Writing of Tess 292
16 The Publication of Tess 310
17 Florence Henniker 327
18 The Making of Jude 345
19 The Publication of Jude 368
20 Keeping Separate 385
21 Pessimistic Meliorist 409
22 The Dynasts 428
23 After the Visit 444
24 A Funeral and a Marriage 473
25 War Years 496
26 Tea at Max Gate 520
27 Last Things 547
28 Afterwards 573
Acknowledgments for Source Materials 579
Abbreviations 580
References 582
Index 621
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