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- DescriptionHardy described Desperate Remedies as a tale of 'mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity'. Cytherea has taken a position as lady's maid to the eccentric arch-intriguer Miss Aldclyffe. On discovering that the man she loves, Edward Springrove, is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe's fascinating, manipulative steward Manston. Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published vel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation vel' perfected by Wilkie Collins. Several perceptive critics praised the author as a velist with a future when Desperate Remedies appeared anymously in 1871. In its depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy's genius.
- Author BiographyTHOMAS HARDY (1840-1928) was recognized, and even revered, as the major literary figure of his time by his contemporaries. Most of his major novels are available in Penguin Classics. MARY RIMMER is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She has written extensively on Hardy, and is currently writing a book on narrative voice in Hardy.
- Author(s)Thomas Hardy
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication26/02/1998
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Classics
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- Weight351 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byMary Rimmer
- Introduction byMary Rimmer
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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