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Three kinds of novel, Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Woodlanders’

The difficulty in reading The Woodlanders is in knowing what kind of novel it is. Sometimes it reads like a psychological case study, sometimes like a fable or even a … Continue reading

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

From Shakespeare to Hardy

It may seem outlandish to compare the early novels of Thomas Hardy to the late plays of William Shakespeare, but reading Far From The Madding Crowd for the second time … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Readers’ Diary, 4 December 2013

I have read quite a lot of Guy de Maupassant’s short stories and some of his longer works too, though none of them is very long. The stories I am … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thomas Hardy’s identity crisis

‘No one wanted to publish his early poems,’ Claire Tomalin wrote in the introduction to her Poems of Thomas Hardy (Penguin Classics, 2006), ‘but he kept writing verse during the … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment