Blog Posts - Thomas Hardy



Review: Life's Little Ironies, Thomas Hardy (1894, revised 1927)

This collection of short stories is in some ways a marked contrast from the last I reviewed (by Dumas). Hardy’s tales are quiet, understated and unmistakably English – yet overall, perhaps, even more haunting. Here heads don’t roll but tragedie...
by The Secret Victorianist on Sep 4, 2013

Review: Life's Little Ironies, Thomas Hardy (1894, revised 1927)

This collection of short stories is in some ways a marked contrast from the last I reviewed (by Dumas). Hardy’s tales are quiet, understated and unmistakably English – yet overall, perhaps, even more haunting. Here heads don’t roll but tragedie...
by The Secret Victorianist on Sep 4, 2013

'This Genealogical Passion': Hardy, Incest and Degeneration

Gemma Arterton as Tess in the BBC's 2008 adaptation‘He seemed to have such prescriptive rights in women of her blood.’A brief plot summary of Thomas Hardy’s The Well-Beloved (1897), published in its original form as a serial in 1892 as The Purs...
by The Secret Victorianist on Jul 24, 2013

Misconceptions about Victorian Literature

In a previous post I took on the view that Victorian fiction is by default long and unwieldy by recommending some shorter works you might want to give a go. Today it’s time to debunk a few more myths about nineteenth-century writing which I've...
by The Secret Victorianist on Jul 17, 2013

Modern Literature, Genre Bestseller, and Classic Tale

I just finished with three books—completed two, couldn’t get through one… The first was by a friend of a friend—The Fine Colour of Rust by Paddy O’Reilly. I’m calling this book “Modern Literature”. Some...
by Notes from An Alien on Jul 10, 2013

Modern Literature, Genre Bestseller, and Classic Tale

I just finished with three books—completed two, couldn’t get through one… The first was by a friend of a friend—The Fine Colour of Rust by Paddy O’Reilly. I’m calling this book “Modern Literature”. Some...
by Notes from An Alien on Jul 10, 2013

Victorians in Brief

Whether it’s Wuthering Heights or Tess of the d’Urbervilles, many students’ first introduction to nineteenth-century literature is through a lengthy Victorian novel. How many pages? This is only the first volume? The cries go up from classrooms...
by The Secret Victorianist on Jul 8, 2013

Dorset days of summer at the Acorn Inn – video

Dorset in the early summer. You couldn’t get a more perfect picture of Englishness, I thought, as I drove down to meet Little Sis for a weekend at the Acorn Inn in Evershot. Lush green fields, lanes fringed with white cow parley and hedgerows s...
by Heather on her travels on Jun 29, 2013

Thomas Hardy: The Grave By The Handpost

I never pass through Chalk-Newton without turning to regard the neighbouring upland, at a point where a lane crosses the lone straight highway dividing this from the next parish; a sight which does not fail to recall the event that once happened ther...

Plot Like Hardy, Write Like Maugham

2012 was to be the year that I dedicated my reading to independent authors, and whilst I tried (I really did), by the end of August I was feeling such a ‘lack of literature’ in my reading diet that I switched back to my ‘1001’ list. I will...
by Between The Lines on Oct 23, 2012

Far from the Madding Crowd DVD

Stars: Julie Christie, Peter Finch and Alan Bates Director: John Schlesinger Writers: Thomas Hardy IMDb (function(d,s,id){var... Click on the title to Watch full movie online...
by Filimia on Oct 1, 2012

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Summary: Earlier: Michael Henchard, a common hay-trusser, gets drunk at a country fair and sells his wife and daughter to another man for five guineas. Susan, believing the sale to be binding and legal, goes off with the sailor, whom she considers to...
by Tabula Rasa on Aug 19, 2012

Trishna DVD

Stars: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed and Anurag Kashyap Director: Michael WinterbottomWriters: Michael WinterbottomScreenplay: Thomas Hardy The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the d...
by Filimia on Jul 30, 2012

50 Shades of Blah!

I'm talking about the hype surrounding the E L James trilogy. I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey but hey, if there is a bandwagon lets jump on it.  I don't need to read this book to know it will be rubbish, those who know me as the bookworm that I...
by Between The Lines on Jul 12, 2012

Selalu berada di atas kepala orang lain

Kita melihat kebahagiaan itu seperti pelangi, tidak pernah berada di atas kepala kita sendiri, tetapi selalu berada di atas kepala orang lain Thomas Hardy...
by Mutiara Kata on Feb 4, 2012


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