Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101201923
  • 512 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


“A masterful portrait” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) from a Whitbread Award-winning biographer

The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover’s shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy challenged the sexual and religious conventions of his time in his novels and then abandoned fiction to reestablish himself as a great twentieth-century lyric poet. In this acclaimed new biography, Claire Tomalin, one of today’s preeminent literary biographers, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Claire Tomalin


New York Times Notable Book – Winner


“A fascinating case study in mid-Victorian literary sociology.”
-The New York Times

“Admirable . . . One returns to Thomas Hardy with renewed pleasure and surprise.”
-The New York Review of Books

“Tomalin brings . . . the skills of an experienced and accomplished biographer . . . and the confidence of a deeply informed literary critic.”
-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

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