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Intellectually, Hardy was very much an advanced man of his time. That he was a
pessimist seems to me to need no proof. But reading his work one can scarcely
fail to see him as a soul naturally Christian. This involves no contradiction; ...
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 ...
But these failures in the management of his plots_matter less in Hardy than they
would in any other novelist; they are botches, but they do not ruin the work,
because though large enough when measured in terms of plot they are small
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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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