Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin

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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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Claire Tomalin is the author of eight highly acclaimed biographies including Thomas Hardy and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, which won the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year Award. She has previously won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the Whitbread First Book Award, the Hawthornden Prize, the NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction, and the Whitbread Biography Award.
 
Published January 18, 2007 by Penguin Books. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Travel. Non-fiction

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Hardy’s worldview grew more pessimistic, “marked by a fierce questioning of accepted ideas about society,” and it is evidenced in works including The Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Hardy’s bleak rewrite of the Book of Job, Jude the Obscure.

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Class was the vise in which Hardy lived his early life, and Claire Tomalin makes readers feel the squeeze.

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The New York Times

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Class was the vise in which Hardy lived his early life, and Claire Tomalin makes readers feel the squeeze.

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Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin Viking £25, pp512 It was Hardy's first wife who noted his striking likeness to Dr Crippen, the wife-murderer about to be hanged in November 1910 after a sensational transatlantic flight with his young accomplice, Ethel Le Neve.

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The Guardian

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Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin 512pp, Viking, £25 Some 30 years ago Claire Tomalin reviewed Robert Gittings's landmark biography of Thomas Hardy.

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Book Reporter

Thomas Hardy's fame today, almost 70 years after his death, rests on great novels like THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES and THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE.

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The Bookbag

Yes Pages: 512 Date: July 2007 Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0141017419 I came to this biography having read three of Hardy's novels, two quite recently, and some of his poetry, but knowing very little about him as a person.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Bookmarks Magazine

As in her biographies of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Katherine Mansfield, among others, Tomalin demonstrates empathy for her subject, the ability to analyze her subject without falling into reductionism, first-rate research, logical thinking, psychological insights, and a ...

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Oprah.com

Jane Hamilton, on the verge of turning 50, takes an unexpected voyage of self-discovery while attending a magical, mouse-ridden summer music camp.

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The New York Review of Books

It’s fascinating that the one book that sheds the most light on Hardy’s psyche, The Mayor of Casterbridge, is not mentioned in Tim Parks’s review of Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin [“Return of the Master,” NYR, March 1].

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