Book by Hardy Thomas
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Thomas Hardy(1840-1928) immortalized the site of his birth Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester in his writing. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels Tess of the D UrbervillesandJude the Obscure he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He was buried in Poet s Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy."Reseña del editor:
Although best remembered today for his novels, Thomas Hardy thought of himself as a poet forced by circumstance to write fiction for a living. This generous selection of nearly two hundred poems includes such familiar pieces as "During Wind and Rain, " "Channel Firing, " "Afterwards, " "The Darkling Thrush, " and "The Oxen, " but it will also acquaint readers with many less-celebrated works, among them "To Lizbie Browne, " "After the Last Breath, " "My Spirit Will Not Haunt the Mound, " "The Haunter, " "Old Furniture, " "A Procession of Dead Days, " "The Harbour Bridge, " "At a Country Fair, " "Last Love-Word, " "Waiting Both, " and "Proud Songsters." With an introduction and annotations by Robert Mezey, this new Penguin Classics edition will help readers to recognize Hardy as one of the greatest English poets of this century.
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