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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 has ...
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 much ...
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
Bennett the ...
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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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