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Thomas Hardy and the Proper Study of Mankind

Simon Gatrell

BUY Cloth · 212 pp. · 5.5 × 8.5 · ISBN 9780813914350 · $59.50 · Mar 1993
BUY Paper · 212 pp. · 5.5 × 8.5 · ISBN 9780813929354 · $35.00 · May 2015

Simon Gatrell offers a fresh and stimulating exploration of Hardy's account in fiction of the individual man or woman's relationship with various aspects of the encompassing world- with other men and women, with the aggregation known as society, with the natural and artificial environment, and with the supernatural. He focuses on the importance of community in Hardy's fiction, especially on the ability of rural villages and towns to withstand the stresses of industrialized agriculture and the national standardization of education and culture.

About the Author(s): 

Simon Gatrell is Professor of English at the University of Georgia. His published works include Hardy the Creator: A Textual Biography, editions of several of Hardy's novels and fictional manuscripts, and a bibliography of George Crabbe (with Tony Bareham).

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