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Thomas Hardy

  • Jude the Obscure | Thomas Hardy

    Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy’s novels. Its hero Jude Fawley is a lower-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, Arabella, and his intellectual cousin, Sue. Themes include class, scholarship, religion, marriage, and the...

  • Under the Greenwood Tree | Thomas Hardy

    This novel is subtitled The Mellstock Quire, A Rural Painting of the Dutch School. The Quire is the group of musicians who accompany the hymns at the local church and we follow the fortunes of one member, Dick Dewy, who falls in love with the new school mistress, Fancy Day. Another element of...

  • The Hand of Ethelberta | Thomas Hardy

    Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady...

  • The Trumpet Major | Thomas Hardy

    Our heroine, Anne Garland, lives quietly in a rural community deep in the English countryside. However, the arrival of several regiments preparing for an expected invasion brings color and chaos to the county. A graceful and charming young woman, Anne is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday,...

  • The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy

    'The Well-Beloved' tells the story of Jocelyn Pierston and his love for three generations of women - the grandmother, her daughter and grand-daughter over a period of forty years. Pierston is seeking for perfection in his choice of lover and in doing so lets opportunities for happiness pass him...

  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    One of the greatest English tragic novels, Tess of the d'Ubervilles is the story of a “pure woman” who is victimized both by conventional morality and its antithesis. Born near Dorchester, Thomas Hardy set most of his stories in the region between Berkshire and Dorset in the fictional county of...

  • The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

    The story takes place in a small woodland village called Little Hintock, and concerns the efforts of an honest woodsman, Giles Winterborne, to marry his childhood sweetheart, Grace Melbury. Although they have been informally betrothed for some time, her father has made financial sacrifices to...

  • Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far from the Madding Crowd is an 2015 romantic drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple.

    Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and offers Hardy’s growing taste for tragedy...

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge | Thomas Hardy

    The Mayor of Casterbridge is a tragic novel by English author Thomas Hardy. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset).

    A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next...

  • A Pair of Blue Eyes | Thomas Hardy

    The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen Smith is a socially inferior but ambitious young man who adores her and with whom she shares a country background. Henry Knight is the respectable,...

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