In this seminal biography of the enigmatic novelist and poet Thomas Hardy ("Tess of the d'Urbervilles"), Whitbread Award winner Tomalin skillfully identifies the inner demons and the outer mores that drove Hardy and presents a rich and complex portrait of one of the greatest figures in English literature.
Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: from the poverty of rural Dorset he went on to become the Grand Old Man of English life and letters, his last resting place in Westminster Abbey. This seminal biography, by our leading biographer, covers Hardy's illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist, and in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet.
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"A fascinating case study in mid-Victorian literary sociology." -"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"
About Claire Tomalin
Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the New Statesman and Sunday Times. She has published a collection of journalism and is the author of seven highly acclaimed biographies, including: The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft (Whitbread First Book Prize); The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (Hawthornden Prize, the NCR Book Award and James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography); and Pepys: The Unequalled Self (Whitbread Book of the Year).
Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man by Claire Tomalin
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Short-listed for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Biography 2008 Short-listed for British Book Awards: Biography of the Year 2007
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