Friday, February 21, 2014

Five top books on the life and work of Thomas Hardy

At the Telegraph Christopher Nicholson recommended five books that illuminate the life and work of Thomas Hardy, including:
Hardy’s novels, at their best, are mythic in nature: the stories they tell, from the changing countryside of the 19th century, are both local and universal. The most dreamlike is The Woodlanders (1887) – set in a hamlet deep in the woods, it feels like a fairy tale. A poor girl cuts off her hair for money, an old man becomes terrified of a large tree, a mantrap lies in wait…
Read about the other books Nicholson tagged.

The Page 99 Test: Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders.

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