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If any single novel may be taken as the key to Hardy ' s mind and art it is probably
The Return of the Native , his sixth book , published in 1878 . A tragic love story ,
like almost all his fiction , it is extremely simple in plot . Clym Yeobright , who ...
These great poetic and heroic scenes are exactly what compose the design that
lies behind Hardy ' s other novels and gives them their sense of timelessness .
One can ' t say that design , as opposed to plot , is absent from Jude , but it is
But he is regional in a different way from that of Hardy . Hardy was of Wessex and
remained of Wessex , as Bennett was never of the Five Towns . For Hardy ,
Wessex was a microcosm of the universe , and we accept it as such . But for
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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