A collection of Hardy's poetry and non-fiction prose, containing some
200 of his familiar and less-familiar shorter poems organized by
theme, as well as Hardy's own prefaces to volumes of his poems, and
his essays on fiction, on the "Dorsetshire laborer," and on an 18th-
century execution. Includes explanatory notes, and a brief overview
of Hardy's life and work. No index.
Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
A collection of Hardy's poetry and non-fiction prose, containing some200 of his familiar and less-familiar shorter poems organized bytheme, as well as Hardy's own prefaces to volumes of his poems, andhis essays on fiction, on the "Dorsetshire laborer," and on an 18th-century execution. Includes explanatory notes, and a brief overviewof Hardy's life and work. No index.Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
"This is the quality Hardy shares with the great writers...this setting behind the small action the terrific action of unfathomed nature."
D. H. Lawrence
"Simon Avery's edition of The Return of the Native, Hardy's first great classic, provides a beautifully balanced, meticulously researched resource. Avery's editorial approach is, in every respect, new and fresh – even in his interpretation of the novel's denouement. Offering a wide range of critical perspectives, the compelling Introduction features a rich collection of viewpoints and critiques in a manner so informative, compact, and stylish that exploration becomes the modus operandi within and beyond the plot. In turn, the appendices at the end of the book complement the contextualising of the Introduction and footnotes. A selection of Hardy's other writings in prose and poetry adds textual weight and structural balance overall."
"Simon Avery has edited Hardy's The Return of the Native with great skill: his footnotes are detailed and extensive without becoming intrusive; his bibliography of further reading selects judiciously from old and new materials; and he gives a generous range of contemporary materials to help contextualise the book. Alongside the unmistakable nineteenth-century concerns present in Hardy's novel, Avery alerts us to less well-known ones, illuminating in particular Hardy's depiction of Eustacia Vye, who can be seen from this edition as a precursor to Sue Bridehead, the proto-feminist of Jude the Obscure. Distinctively too, Avery includes a selection of Hardy's poetry, helpfully breaking down the barrier between Hardy the novelist and Hardy the poet. In all respects, the volume continues the excellent standard of Broadview Hardy editions."