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Desperate Remedies


Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy

  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107036925

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  • Hardy's first published novel, Desperate Remedies (1871), a piece of sensation fiction that encompasses illegitimacy, murder, blackmail, impersonation, and bigamy, was originally published anonymously. Written while, in Hardy's own words, he was 'feeling his way to a method', it nonetheless contains early examples of the kinds of extreme situations and emotions that continued to play a significant role in his later plots. As part of The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy, this edition of the novel provides an authoritative text; full scholarly apparatus that allows the reader to trace Hardy's creative process; an introductory essay discussing the work's composition, publication, and critical reception; and comprehensive explanatory notes.

    • The first volume in The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy
    • Desperate Remedies (1871), Hardy's first published novel, is a detective story with Gothic elements
    • Offers an authoritative text and textual apparatus, comprehensive introduction, and explanatory notes
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107036925
    • length: 626 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    General editor's preface
    Desperate Remedies
    Editorial emendations
    List of variants - accidentals
    End-of-line word division
    Appendix A. Hardy's prefatory notes
    Appendix B. Frontispieces
    Appendix C. Description of principal texts
    Explanatory notes.

  • Author

    Thomas Hardy


    Richard Nemesvari, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
    Richard Nemesvari is Professor of English and Dean of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He edited Thomas Hardy's novel The Trumpet-Major and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. He has written extensively on Victorian fiction, and his monograph Thomas Hardy, Sensationalism, and the Melodramatic Mode was published in 2011. He is a Vice-President of the Thomas Hardy Association, a member of the Advisory Board for the Wilkie Collins Journal, and General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy.

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