Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is a British novelist and poet known for works like The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Often dark, his work influenced Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost and others. Read more about the life and works of Thomas Hardy.
by James Gibson. Palgrave. Thomas Hardy is recognized as a world-famous writer. The author writes about the origins of Thomas Hardy.
2. The Life of Thomas Hardy
by Paul D. Turner. Blackwell Publishers. In 32 chapters, Paul Turner traces the biographical and literary background behind Hardy's works. The book includes discussion of literary influences like Greek tragedy, Latin poetry, and Shakespeare.
by Michael Millgate. St. Martin's Press, LLC. From the publisher: "the central chapters of this book are predominantly critical, offering independent readings of each of the novels (including those customarily considered 'minor')..."
by Michael Millgate. Oxford University Press. This author is the co-editor of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy
, which makes him uniquely qualified and able to draw from materials that have not been examined in the past.
by Tim Armstrong. St. Martin's Press. From the publisher: "Hardy was a poet of ghosts. In his poetry he describes himself as posthumous... Using Derrida, Abraham, and Torok and other theorists, and referring to Victorian debates on materialism, this book investigates ghostliness, historicity, and memory in Hardy's poetry."
by Robert Langbaum. St. Martin's Press. Langbaum discusses psychological, sexual and mythic aspects of Thomas Hardy's novels and poetry. Chapters include: "Hardy and Lawrence," "The Issue of Hardy's Poetry," "Versions of Pastoral," "Diversions from Pastoral," and "The Minimisation of Sexuality."
by Molly Lefebure. Knickerbocker Press. From the publisher: "The resurgence of Hardy's popularity today is partly due to the film and television adaptations..." This book combines the story of Hardy's life with visual representations and discussion of the adaptations.
by James Gibson (Editor). Palgrave. Read well-known interviews, as well as those many little-known recollections from those who only just met Thomas Hardy. From the publisher: "The book is fascinating both in what it tells us about Hardy and what we learn in some cases about the interviewer."
by Frank B. Pinion. Palgrave. This biography discusses the influence friends like T.E. Lawrence and Siegfried Sassoon had on his work. Also find eight pages of illustrations, maps, annotations, and more.
by Jan Jedrzejewski. St. Martin's Press. The author draws from letters, notes, and other sources to trace Hardy's view on the church and religion.