By Thomas Hardy
* short yet informative introductions to the novels and different texts
* each one novel has its personal contents desk - simply navigate among chapters!
* some of the novels are absolutely illustrated with unique paintings – benefit from the actual flavour of the Victorian textual content in your eReader!
* details at the misplaced first novel ‘THE bad guy AND THE LADY', with a unprecedented novella and poem tracing its content
* numerous photos relating to Hardy and his works
* the entire brief tales with either chronological and alphabetical contents tables
* the compete performs – even together with the infrequent “Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall” to be had nowhere else as a electronic book
* all the poems with their very own separate chronological and alphabetical contents tables – locate that unique poem simply and quickly!
* the poems also are offered of their unique collections, each one with its personal table
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* distinct Hardy’s Wessex Map to accompany your interpreting of the novels
* boasts a different feedback part, with 6 diverse texts from different authors and critics, reading Hardy's literary paintings in detail
* comprises D.H Lawrence's long severe publication A examine OF THOMAS HARDY - first time in electronic print
* gains Hardy's wife's biographies - discover the nice writer's impressive existence intimately - to be had nowhere else
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With an creation and Notes via Dr Keith Carabine, college of Kent at Canterbury.
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