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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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This title reveals how Wessex became what it is, geographically, socially and culturally, beginning with Hardy's first poem in the 1860s and ending with "Winter Words", his last collection of verse.  Read more...

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'...brings Gatrell's formidable knowledge of Hardy's textual history to bear on the region's imaginative evolution.' - Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement

 
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