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- DescriptionThe text is fully antated and includes a separate table of contents for the vel to assist readers in locating specific episodes or passages. Hardy's hand-drawn map of Wessex and the manuscript title page for the first edition of his vel are also included. Hardy and the Novel includes seven poems by Hardy that provide greater insight into his ethos; selections from Michael Millgate's biography of Hardy that depict the relationship between episodes in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and events in the author's life; and excerpts from Grindle and Gatrell's introduction to the 1983 edition that discuss Hardy's revision process in both manuscripts and early printed editions of the vel. Criticism features three contemporary reviews of the vel t printed in the earlier Norton editions, including the first feminist review of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Also new are A Chat with Mr. Hardy, a hitherto unprinted post-publication interview with the author about his new vel, and five carefully selected critical interpretations. Essays by Elliot B. Gose, Jr., Peter R. Morton, and Gillian Beer address Hardy's debt to Charles Darwin, perhaps the single most important influence on Hardy's thought and imagination; Raymond Williams's essay presents a Marxist perspective; and Adrian Poole discusses the significance of Hardy's wisdom concerning the trouble men's words have with women and the trouble women have with men's words. A Chrology, new to this edition, and a Selected Bibliography are included.
- Author BiographyThomas Hardy (1840-1928), enduring author of the twentieth century, wrote the classics Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and many other works. Scott Elledge was Goldwin Smith Professor of English Emeritus at Cornell University. He was the author of E. B. White: A Biography and Wider than the Sky: Poems Selected for Young Readers. He was the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Paradise Lost, Eighteenth-Century Critical Essays, and Milton's Lycidas : An Approach to Criticism.
- PrizesRunner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
- Author(s)Thomas Hardy
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication23/10/1991
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleNorton Critical Editions
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content NoteIll.
- Weight500 g
- Width132 mm
- Height213 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byScott Elledge
- Edition Statement3rd Revised edition
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