Thomas Hardy

By Claire Tomalin
(Penguin Press HC, The, Hardcover, 9781594201189, 512pp.)

Publication Date: January 18, 2007

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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"A masterful portrait" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer

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.

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