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Thomas Hardy : a literary life

Author: James Gibson
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Series: Literary lives (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thomas Hardy is today recognised as second only to Shakespeare in the greatness of his achievement. Writer of fourteen published novels, two or three of them among the greatest in our language, of that remarkable Napoleonic epic, The Dynasts, of nearly eight books of verse containing some of the finest and most anthologised of all English poems, and a host of short stories, Hardy is a fascinating literary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Gibson
ISBN: 0312159455 9780312159450 0333438302 9780333438305 0333438310 9780333438312
OCLC Number: 33666104
Description: xi, 206 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Phase the first: preparing to be a writer (1840-70) --
Phase the second: the novelist (1870-97) --
Phase the third: the poet (1898-1928).
Series Title: Literary lives (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: James Gibson.
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Thomas Hardy is today recognised as second only to Shakespeare in the greatness of his achievement. Writer of fourteen published novels, two or three of them among the greatest in our language, of that remarkable Napoleonic epic, The Dynasts, of nearly eight books of verse containing some of the finest and most anthologised of all English poems, and a host of short stories, Hardy is a fascinating literary personality. James Gibson traces his life from his birth in a humble cottage in Dorset to his death and burial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. We see Hardy in the first thirty years of his life determined to become a great writer and earnestly preparing himself for that career. For most of the next thirty years he wrote novels which slowly brought him fame and wealth, and then, returning to his first love, poetry, he achieved a similar success as a poet. He is shown to be a highly professional writer who drew largely upon his own personal experience and took great pride in his calling.

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