An English Victorian author of novels, poems, and short stories, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is best known for the classic books Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure. Set mostly in the semi-imagined region of Wessex, Hardy’s fictional works retain their popularity thanks to an accessible style, Romantic plots, and richly drawn characters.
Thomas Hardy: Five Novels (Barnes & Noble's Library of Essential Writers Series)by Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy wrote with compassion about simple people whose lives are altered dramatically by forces beyond their control. In the novels selected for this unique literary omnibus - Far From the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Ubervilles, and Jude the Obscure - Hardy follows the tragedies and triumphs of natives of his Wessex countryside who are challenged by deteriorating traditions, repressive social institutions, and changes wrought by the modernization that typified the Victorian Era.
Hardy mapped a rugged and imaginative terrain within the human heart and wrote expressively of characters ennobled by their struggle to survive in a world of shifting values.
Thomas Hardy: Five Novels is part of Barnes & Noble's Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works - complete and unabridged - from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard-back editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer's life and works.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- June 2, 1840
- Date of Death:
- January 11, 1928
- Place of Birth:
- Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England
- Place of Death:
- Max Gate, Dorchester, England
- Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks
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