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The Return of the Native (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)
     

The Return of the Native (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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by Thomas Hardy
 

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With its deeply flawed heroine and its (for the time) open acknowledgement of illicit sexual relationships, The Return of the Native raised some eyebrows when it first appeared as a serial in Victorian Britain. Although he intended to structure the novel into five books, thus mirroring the classical tragic format, Hardy submitted to the tastes of the serial-reading

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With its deeply flawed heroine and its (for the time) open acknowledgement of illicit sexual relationships, The Return of the Native raised some eyebrows when it first appeared as a serial in Victorian Britain. Although he intended to structure the novel into five books, thus mirroring the classical tragic format, Hardy submitted to the tastes of the serial-reading public sufficiently to tack on a happy ending for Diggory Venn and Thomasin in a sixth book, Aftercourses. In Hardy's original conception, Venn retains his weird reddleman's character, while Thomasin lives out her days as a widow.
Hardy's choice of themes—sexual politics, thwarted desire, and the conflicting demands of nature and society—makes this a truly modern novel. Underlying these modern themes, however, is a classical sense of tragedy: Hardy scrupulously observes the three unities of time, place, and action and suggests that the struggles of those trying to escape their destinies will only hasten their destruction.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014400411
Publisher:
Revenant
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
925 KB

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Meet the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928) was an English novelist and poet. While his works typically belong to the Naturalism movement, several poems display elements of the previous Romantic and Enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural. Though he regarded himself primarily as a poet who composed novels mainly for financial gain, he became and continues to be widely regarded for his novels.

Brief Biography

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
Education:
Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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The Return of the Native (Norton Critical Edition) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Kiss your hand three times post this on three other books and look under your pillow
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I know what happened here...
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Whateves i witnessed it jerk! I watched as they kissed and alex sat on dylans stomach and whatever they did next. So there "ape"ril!