• Thomas Hardy wrote some of the most moving and personal poems in his era and this collection brings together the best of his verse on life and love.

    Hardy's poems are by turn haunting, intense, songlike humerous and tender. From snatched lovers' meetings to the wreck of the Titanic from the death of a Dorest drummer boy in the Boer War to memories of his dead wife Emma, from ghosts, loss and longing to pleasure in landscape and weather, they tell the story of one of our best-loved writers, and the people and places that inspired him.

  • "See if she is dark or fair, and if you can, notice if her hands be white; if not, see if they look as though she had ever done housework, or are milker's hands like mine." So Rhoda Brook, the abandoned mistress of Farmer Lodge, is jealous to discover details of his new bride in 'The Withered Arm', the title story in this selection of Hardy's finest short stories. Hardy's first story, 'Destiny and a Blue Cloak' was written fresh from the success of Far From the Madding Crowd. Beautiful in their own right, these stories are also testing-grounds for the novels in their controversial sexual politics, their refusal of romance structures, and their elegiac pursuit of past, lost loves.
    Several of the stories in The Withered Arm were collected to form the famous volume, Wessex Tales (1888), the first time Hardy denoted 'Wessex' to describe his fictional world. The Withered Arm is the first of a new two-volume selection of Hardy's short stories, edited with an introduction and notes by Kristin Brady.

  • Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of the south-west of England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity. The story of the wooing of Bathsheba Everdene by three suitors is here presented in a critical text with a new introduction, bibliography and chronology. - ;'I shall do one thing in this life - one thing for certain - that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die.' Gabriel Oak is only one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.

    Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility. This new edition retains the critical text that restores previously deleted and revised passages. -

  • In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality.

  • Tess Durbeyfield knows what it is to work hard and expect little. But her life is about to veer from the path trod by her mother and grandmother. When her neer-do-well father learns that his family is the last of a long noble line, the dUrbervilles, he sends Tess on a journey to meet her supposed kin--a journey that will see her victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy. Shaped by an acute sense of social injustice and by a vision of human fate cosmic in scope, her story is a singular blending of harsh realism and poignant beauty. Thomas Hardy created in Tess not a standard Victorian heroine but a woman whose intense vitality shines against the bleak backdrop of a dying way of life. The novel shocked contemporary readers with its honesty and remains a timeless commentary on the human condition.

  • Hardy abandoned the novel at the turn of the century, probably after public reaction to Jude the Obscure, but continued to write verse displaying a wide variety of metrical styles and stanza forms and a broad scope of tone and attitude. This definitive volume contains selections from his numerous collections published between 1898 and 1928.

  • Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbevilles, and meeting her "cousin" Alec proves to be her downfall. When Angel Clare offers her love and salvation, she must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

  • Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy. The battle for her affections will have dramatic, tragic and surprising consequences in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.

  • In Thomas Hardy's classic novel, an ambitious man discovers that the blind energies and defiant acts that brought him to power can also destroy him.

  • Coming to PBS in January 2009- a MasterpieceTM Classic production of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'UrbervillesTess Durbeyfield knows what it is to work hard and expect little. But her life is about to veer from the path trod by her mother and grandmother. When her ne'er-do-well father learns that his family is the last of a long noble line, the d'Urbervilles, he sends Tess on a journey to meet her supposed kin- a journey that will see her victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy. With its sensitive depiction of one of literature's most admirable and tragic heroines and its powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Thomas Hardy's novels.

  • Jude Fawley is a young man who longs to better himself and go to Christminster University. However, poverty forces him into a job as a stonemason and an unhappy marriage. When his wife leaves him Jude moves to Christminster determined to follow his dream. There he meets and falls for his free-spirited cousin, Sue Bridehead. The couple refuses to marry much to the disapproval of the society around them. In this heartbreaking story Hardy shows the devastating effects of social prejudice and oppression.



    The novel caused outrage when it was published in 1895 and, as a result, was the last novel Hardy ever wrote.

  • Thomas Hardy was equally eminent as a novelist and a poet and thus holds a unique place in English literature. Both a great romantic and a profound pessimist, he revealed his tragic view of human life in works of total, and sometimes devastating, emotional honesty. The Sayings in this collection reveal the full range of the thoughts and feelings of this very human and very humane figure, who will always be one of our best-loved writers.

  • Jude l'Obscur

    Thomas Hardy

    Jude l'Obscur est le dernier et le plus audacieux des romans de Thomas Hardy. L'auteur de Tess d'Urberville y songe dès 1888, comme en atteste une note de ses carnets : « Une nouvelle sur un jeune homme qui n'a pu aller à Oxford. Ses efforts, son échec. » Hardy estime que « le monde doit savoir » quelles difficultés rencontrent les non-privilégiés pour s'instruire l'ultime ambition de Jude. Mais, bientôt, le roman en cours suit une autre voie : Hardy entend contester les lois sur le mariage, qui « constituent la machinerie tragique de l'histoire ». Condamné par son origine, Jude l'est encore par les liens d'un mariage forcé, puis par l'interdit pesant sur un amour illicite, sa compagne étant sa propre cousine. Hardy veut enfin décrire « la guerre terrible qui se livre entre la chair et l'esprit », et qui retarde l'accomplissement du destin de Jude. Paru d'abord sous forme de feuilleton en 1895, Jude l'Obscur fit scandale par sa façon ouverte de traiter des moeurs dans la campagne anglaise de la fin du siècle ce Wessex magnifié dans toute l'oeuvre de Thomas Hardy.

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Thomas Hardy. "Loin de la foule déchaînée" commence la série de romans les plus typiques de Thomas Hardy, à laquelle appartiennent entre autres "Tess d'Urberville" et "Jude l'obscur". Dans la campagne anglaise de l'époque victorienne, une jeune femme belle et libre, Bathsheba Everdene, féministe avant l'heure, doit diriger la ferme léguée par son oncle. Dans un monde rural hostile, mais inspiré par les magnifiques paysages de la province du Wessex où l'auteur est né, Bathsheba est courtisée par trois hommes: le berger Gabriel Oake qui deviendra son valet de ferme après avoir perdu son troupeau, un riche voisin William Boldwood à qui elle fera miroiter un engagement, et le beau Sergent Francis Troy. Plaçant l'amour et son indépendance au-dessus de la sécurité, de la richesse et des conventions patriarcales de l'époque, Bathsheba refuse d'abord tous les prétendants avant de finir par épouser Troy. Celui-ci se révèle être un mari totalement immoral et sans scrupules qui la trompe et dilapide sa fortune. Opposant une femme romantique éprise de liberté au carcan de la société victorienne, ce quatrième roman de Thomas Hardy, l'un des plus spécifiques de la littérature anglaise et son premier grand succès public, annonce déjà la veine pessimiste qui traversera toute son oeuvre. Il passionnera tous ceux qui s'interrogent sur l'amour et la condition de la femme.

  • Michael Henchard est un jeune saisonnier qui vit avec sa femme, Susan, et sa fille, Elizabeth-Jane, dans un village du Wessex. Un jour, sous l'empire de l'alcool, après une violente dispute avec sa femme, il décide de la vendre avec sa fille à un marin de passage, M. Wenson. Dégrisé, il mesure l'étendue du désastre et, plus seul que jamais, se promet de ne plus jamais s'approcher d'un goulot... Dix-huit années après, devenu un marchand prospère, Michael est élu maire de la ville de Casterbridge. Tous le croient veuf. Mais le hasard place sur sa route une certaine Lucette Le Sueur, avec qui il noue une relation... Or la jeune femme, déshonorée, se voit contrainte d'épouser Michael pour retrouver sa dignité. Pas si simple, puisque le maire de Casterbridge, devant la loi, reste un homme marié... C'est le moment que choisissent, pour surgir du passé, Susan et sa fille Elisabeth-Jane...

  • Dans le sud-ouest de l´Angleterre , au début du XIXe siècle, quatre destins de femmes meurtries par l´amour : amour impossible pour un soldat étranger, amour ensorcelé pour un violoniste de village, amour refusé par un fils trop rigide, amour rêvé pour un homme jamais rencontré... Comme dans Tess d´Urberville et Jude l´obscur, Thomas Hardy conte à merveille dans ces courts textes les tourments de l´âme féminine et la brutalité d´une société où le sentiment n´a pas sa place.

  • Un jeune fermier et un vicaire se disputent le coeur de Fancy Day, institutrice dans un village du Wessex. Indisponible en poche, l'un des premiers romans de l'auteur de Tess d'Urberville.
    Dans le paisible village de Mellstock, à la veille de Noël, l'arrivée d'une nouvelle institutrice est au coeur de toutes les conversations. Sans que nul l'ait encore vue, Fancy Day, une enfant du pays, fait déjà tourner les têtes des célibataires du comté.Dick Dewey, un jeune fermier, est le premier à lui faire des avances. Tombé fou amoureux au premier regard, il finit par la demander en mariage dans le plus grand secret. Mais un autre homme n'est pas indifférent aux charmes de la jeune femme : Mr Maybold, le vicaire, qui l'invite à se joindre à la chorale de la paroisse comme organiste. À son tour, il s'offre à l'épouser. Or Fancy, frivole et capricieuse, fait languir ses prétendants, bien consciente qu'il lui faudra renoncer à son indépendance lorsqu'elle sera mariée.Dans un labyrinthe de passions, Sous la verte feuillée, paru anonymement en 1872, dresse une fresque pleine d'ironie et de mélancolie du monde rural cher à Thomas Hardy. De cette histoire tissée de savoureux malentendus, où s'affrontent pour une femme une âme candide et un notable respecté, ne subsistera qu'un secret bien gardé par la fantasque Fancy...

  • Thomasine est sur le point de se marier avec Damon Wildeve, jeune homme charmant mais trop peu sérieux. Courtisé par la frondeuse Eustacia Vye, au tempérament fougueux et aventurier, il répond à ses charmes et hésite à épouser celle qui lui était destinée. Eustacia, avec ses velléités de liberté, est prête à tout pour quitter cette lande déserte et trop tranquille. Alors, quand le beau et brillant Clym Yeobright revient de Paris où il est diamantaire, Eustacia y voit la possibilité de s'évader enfin. D'autant que Clym répond favorablement à ses avances. Mais Clym a d'autres projets. Et celui de quitter son pays natal n'en fait pas vraiment partie... Ce classique de la littérature anglo-saxonne, paru en 1878 et révisé en 1912, combine tous les éléments de la tragédie : repliés sur eux-mêmes, les personnages de ce Retour au pays natal contemplent en vain l'horizon d'une lande jalouse, dont ils semblent les prisonniers.

  • Tout rapproche Lady Viviette, dont le mari a disparu en Afrique depuis des années, et le tout jeune Swithin, promis à une belle carrière d'astronome. Mais s'il y a des unions écrites dans les étoiles, celle-ci est contrecarrée par les déterminismes humains dont l'écrivain anglais Thomas Hardy s'est toujours fait le peintre sarcastique. Leur condition sociale, leur âge et l'« ironie de la vie » - ici incarnée par un vieil oncle misogyne qui fait de sa fortune un objet de chantage pour empêcher l'union - rendront la séparation inéluctable...C'est pour oublier combien la passion ne dure qu'un temps que Thomas Hardy a choisi comme décor de cette histoire tragique la pérennité des espaces célestes. Dans À la lumière des étoiles (1882), l'illusion de l'amour, frappée en plein coeur, reste totale.

  • Hardy described Desperate Remedies as a tale of 'mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity'.Cytherea has taken a position as lady's maid to the eccentric arch-intriguer Miss Aldclyffe. On discovering that the man she loves, Edward Springrove, is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe's fascinating, manipulative steward Manston.
    Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins. Several perceptive critics praised the author as a novelist with a future when Desperate Remedies appeared anonymously in 1871. In its depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy's genius.

  • The darkly passionate short stories of Thomas Hardy are compelling explorations of love, social class, superstition and legend. This collection contains many of his finest and most representative, and includes 'The Withered Arm', an eerie depiction of arcane witchcraft in nineteenth-century England; 'Barbara of the House of Grebe', in which a beautiful man's tragic disfigurement by fire is savagely exploited by his rival; 'The Son's Veto', showing the cruelty of an educated youth towards his ignorant but tender mother; and 'The Distracted Preacher', the story of one man's conflict between heartfelt love and his own sense of moral and civic duty. By turns moving and poetic, and surprisingly modern and brutally macabre, these eloquent tales may be numbered among the greatest creations of Hardy's genius.

  • Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy. The battle for her affections will have dramatic, tragic and surprising consequences in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.

  • Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbevilles, and meeting her "cousin" Alec proves to be her downfall. When Angel Clare offers her love and salvation, she must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

  • Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy';s Jude the Obscure shocked Victorian critics and readers with a frank depiction of sexuality and an unbridled indictment of the institutions of marriage, education, and religion, reportedly causing one Angli-can bishop to order the book publicly burned. The experience so exhausted Hardy that he never wrote a work of fiction again.
    Rich in symbolism, Jude the Obscure is the story of Jude Fawley and his struggle to rise from his station as a poor Wessex stonemason to that of a scholar at Christminster. It is also the story of Jude';s ill-fated relationship with his cousin Sue Bridehead, and the ultimate tragedy that causes Jude';s undoing and Sue';s transformation. Jude the Obscure explores man';s essential loneliness and remains one of Hardy';s most widely read novels.

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