Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), the Victorian novelist, poet and short-story author, wrote of the struggles and unhappiness caused by the constraints of social convention, particularly in relation to religion, class, education, gender and marriage. Yet the poetic intensity of Hardy's descriptions of the natural and human environment mitigated his often bleak vision, and contributed significantly to the richness of his writing. The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy is the first comprehensive edition, providing authoritative texts; full scholarly apparatus that allows the reader to trace Hardy's creative process; introductory essays discussing each work's composition, publication, and critical reception; and in-depth explanatory notes. The edition will be an essential resource for all those studying Hardy's work at the graduate and scholarly level.
General Editor: Richard Nemesvari, St. Francis Xavier University
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