ISBN 9780143112877 | 512 pages | 29 Jan 2008 | Penguin | 5.59 x 8.38in | 18 - AND UP
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"A masterful portrait" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer"A fascinating case study in mid-Victorian literary sociology."
The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover's shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy challenged the sexual and religious conventions of his time in his novels and then abandoned fiction to reestablish himself as a great twentieth-century lyric poet. In this acclaimed new biography, Claire Tomalin, one of today's preeminent literary biographers, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.
-The New York Times
"Admirable . . . One returns to Thomas Hardy with renewed pleasure and surprise."
-The New York Review of Books
"Tomalin brings . . . the skills of an experienced and accomplished biographer . . . and the confidence of a deeply informed literary critic."
-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
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