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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...

  • Desperate Remedies | Thomas Hardy

    Cytherea Graye is poor, but accepts a post as lady's maid to the eccentric Miss Aldclyffe, the woman whom her father had loved but had not been able to marry. Cytherea in turn loves a young architect, Edward Springrove; but will Miss Adclyffe's machinations, the knowledge that Edward is already...

  • A Laodicean : a Story of To-day | Thomas Hardy

    The Laodicean (someone whose religious beliefs are “lukewarm”) of the title is Paula Power who bought the ancient castle De Stancy which she is determined to restore. Being of a modern frame of mind, she has the telegraph connected to the castle – and uses it all the time in the course of the...

  • Two on a Tower | Thomas Hardy

    The plot concerns two – literally starcrossed – lovers: Swithin St. Cleeve, a very young amateur astronomer, and Viviette Constantine, an unhappily married and abandoned woman 8 or 9 years his senior. Each night Swithin climbs the old tower of the title, in the grounds of the Constantine estate...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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