Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

An entry in Hardy’s notebook dated April 1878 gives us a clue to the guiding principle behind his fiction:

A Plot, or Tragedy, should arise from the gradual closing in of a situation that comes of ordinary human passions, prejudices, and ambitions, by reason of the characters taking no trouble to ward off the disastrous events produced by the said passions, prejudices, and ambitions.

http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/hardy/index.html

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/tess/context.html

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/t/tess-of-the-durbervilles/book-summary

http://www.shmoop.com/tess-of-the-durbervilles/

http://www.gradesaver.com/tess-of-the-durbervilles/study-guide/summary

http://www.online-literature.com/hardy/tess_urbervilles/

http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides4/Tess.html

http://www.studyworld.com/studyworld_studynotes/jnotes/TessoftheDUrbervilles/HistoricalContext.html

http://crossref-it.info/textguide/tess-of-the-durbervilles/11/0

http://archiveofourown.org/works/721872/chapters/1338956  – Maiden No More: Rape Culture in Tess of the D’urbervilles

http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/hardy/heffernan.html –  “Cruel Persuasion”: Seduction, Temptation, and Agency in Hardy’s Tess

Far From the Madding Crowd

http://www.enotes.com/topics/far-from/critical-essays/far-from-madding-crowd-thomas-hardy

http://www.shmoop.com/far-from-the-madding-crowd/

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/f/far-from-the-madding-crowd/book-summary

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/maddingcrowd/context.html

http://www.novelguide.com/far-from-the-madding-crowd/theme-analysis

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/24/far-from-the-madding-crowd-hardys-novel

https://repositories.tdl.org/ttu-ir/bitstream/handle/2346/18954/31295003174835.pdf

http://pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monkeynotes/pmFarFrom02.asp

http://www.mantex.co.uk/2010/03/22/far-from-the-madding-crowd/

The Return of the Native

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/returnofnative/

http://www.shmoop.com/return-of-native/

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/r/the-return-of-the-native/book-summary

http://www.gradesaver.com/return-of-the-native/study-guide/summary

http://www.iasj.net/iasj?func=fulltext&aId=23285 – Symbolism in Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native

http://classprojects.kenyon.edu/engl/exeter/Kenyon%20Web%20Site/Clare/Webpage-RoTNIntroduction.html –  Set on the fictional Egdon Heath, the novel illustrates how the protagonists are somewhat fatalistically bound to the natural landscape. 

3 Responses to “Thomas Hardy”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monkeynotes/pmTessD02.asp
    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/tess/

    Just thought they might be useful. The first one doesn’t have a lot though.

  2. jch2510 Says:

    http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~bp10/pvm/papers/hardytess.shtml

    I don’t know how useful it is but it has a lot of secondary sources to re-quote.

    Also this
    http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~bp10/pvm/papers/thandtime.shtml
    has a bit nearer the end about Tess.


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