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For questions about the works of Thomas Hardy and his life as a writer.

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I think the answer will become clear if you re-read the passage (starting from the beginning of the chapter so that you have the full context) and carefully distinguish the points of view. When I do t …
answered Feb 5 '18 by Gareth Rees
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‘Remembrance Day’ is Hardy’s fictional version of Encaenia, the ceremony at which the University of Oxford awards honorary degrees to distinguished men and women and commemorates its benefactors. …
answered Aug 5 by Gareth Rees
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Specifically ‘med’ represents (West) Berkshire dialect. Desmond Hawkins (1989), Hardy at Home: The People and Place of His Wessex: As [Hardy’s] practice developed he tended to simplify and standar …
answered Feb 6 '18 by Gareth Rees
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The Dynasts is written in the form of a play, but it is immensely long (“three parts, nineteen acts, and one hundred and thirty scenes”) and is written without any consideration for the practicalities …
answered Feb 8 by Gareth Rees
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TL;DR: (i) Keats’ biographer Sidney Colvin consulted Hardy, not as an expert on Keats, but rather as an expert on Lulworth Cove. (ii) Hardy (wrongly) believed that Keats had written ‘Bright Star’ at L …
answered Mar 7 '18 by Gareth Rees
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TL;DR: Galilee, where Jesus lived and preached, is a metonym for Christian morality; Cyprus, where Aphrodite emerged from the sea, for pagan sexuality. Context Even if the references are obscure, I …
answered Apr 2 '18 by Gareth Rees
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It was the policy of Cornhill Magazine to publish all articles and serializations without a byline, so Hardy surely had no choice in the matter. If you look at volume 29 (January–June 1874), you’ll se …
answered Sep 4 '18 by Gareth Rees
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Short of finding a definitive statement from Hardy, it is impossible to be sure. But it is very likely that A Few Crusted Characters was influenced by The Canterbury Tales. I have three lines of evid …
answered Feb 5 '18 by Gareth Rees