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Thomas Hardy's vision of Wessex

Author: Simon Gatrell
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hardy's Wessex has been much written about, but all the guidebooks and academic studies are based on Wessex as it stood when Hardy, at the age of 72, had completed his transformation of the place. When he began writing in the 1860s, Wessex wasn't even a gleam in his eye. This book traces each step in the evolution of his vision of Wessex in his novels, stories and poems, and suggests how, at several key moments in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Gatrell
ISBN: 0333748344 9780333748343
OCLC Number: 52040810
Description: xvii, 264 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The Conception and Birth of Wessex --
Variations on the Original Theme --
The First Evolutionary Leap --
Tess of the d'Urbervilles --
Handling New Wessex --
Collected Editions 1 --
Collected Editions 2 --
The Poetry --
Cider, Mead and Ale --
Sounds --
The Languages of Wessex --
Wessex Rail --
Conclusion: Politics, Guides and Critics.
Responsibility: Simon Gatrell.
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"Hardy's Wessex has been much written about, but all the guidebooks and academic studies are based on Wessex as it stood when Hardy, at the age of 72, had completed his transformation of the place. When he began writing in the 1860s, Wessex wasn't even a gleam in his eye. This book traces each step in the evolution of his vision of Wessex in his novels, stories and poems, and suggests how, at several key moments in his career, Wessex might have taken a different direction. There are a number of maps, and reproductions of significant illustrations included in the body of the book."--Jacket.

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