RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 51118133 LA English T1 Hardy and his readers A1 Wright, T. R., PB Palgrave Macmillan PP Houndmills [U.K.]; New York YR 2003 SN 0333962605 9780333962602 AB "This study examines the fraught relationship Hardy had with his readers. He resented their bourgeois values and beliefs, in particular their hypocritical form of Christianity, with its repression of the body. Initially content to compromise, to provide them with congenial entertainment, Hardy resorted at first to 'back-door' strategies of subversion, smuggling obscene and blasphemous material past his editors, and finally to outspoken attack." "Professor Wright's analysis of this relationship attempts to balance historical research into the response of 'actual' readers (based on manuscript letters to Hardy and his own scrapbooks of reviews) with literary-critical analysis of the 'implied' reader inscribed in the novels themselves. He also pays close attention to the material conditions of publishing in the Victorian period."--Jacket.