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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 ...
But Hardy ' s chief weakness in plot arises from his view of causality . He is intent
to show that the stars in their courses fight against the aspiring , the man or
woman who would rise above the common lot through greatness of spirit , of
Hardy . She is the opposite of Eustacia : Vye , Bathsheba Everdene , and Tess
not merely in the fact that she is an intellectual . But she is much more than Hardy
' s version of the ' New Woman ' , and she utterly transcends Gissing ' s versions ...
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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
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