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A Changed Man And Other Tales

  [english | 1913]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [A dozen minor novels that have been published in the periodical press collected together.]
Genres: [fiction | short storiesDownloads: 218

A Laodicean A Story Of To Day

  [english | 1881]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [A vacillating young woman is thrust onto the horns of religious and romantic dilemmas.]
Genres: [fiction | religious | romanceDownloads: 165

A Pair Of Blue Eyes

  [english | 1873]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart her mind and the expectations of her parents and society. The novel is notable for the strong parallels to Hardy and his first wife Emma Gifford. When Elfrides father finds that his guest and candidate for his daughters hand architects assistant Stephen Smith is the son of a mason he immediately orders him to leave. This was the third of ...]
Genres: [fiction | romanceDownloads: 55

Desperate Remedies

  [english | 1874]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [Described by Hardy as a tale of mystery entanglement surprise and moral obliquity his first published novel violated the literary decorum of its day with blackmail murder and romance. It relates the story of Cytherea a maid to the eccentric arch-intriguer Miss Aldclyffe and the man she loves Edward Springrove. Upon discovering that Edward is already engaged Cytherea comes under the influence of ...]
Genres: [fiction | mystery detective | thrillersDownloads: 475

Far From The Madding Crowd

  [english | 1874]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardys novels to apply the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. When the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene inherits her own farm she attracts three very different suitors the seemingly commonplace man-of-the-soil Gabriel Oak the dashing young soldier Francis Troy and ...]
Genres: [fiction | romanceDownloads: 262

Jude The Obscure

  [english | 1895]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [Hardys masterpiece traces a poor stonemasons ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared marriage religion education and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.]
Genres: [fictionDownloads: 15

Tess Of The Durbervilles

  [english | 1891]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her familys fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic dUrbervilles. But Alec dUrberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare she is offered true love and happiness but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice.Hardys indictment of societys double ...]
Genres: [fiction | romanceDownloads: 168

The Hand Of Ethelberta

  [english | 1876]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [At the beginning of the book we are told that Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but through her work as a governess married well at the age of eighteen. Her husband died two weeks after the wedding and now twenty-one Ethelberta lives with her mother-in-law Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since the deaths of both her husband and father-in-law Ethelberta has been ...]
Genres: [fiction | humorousDownloads: 365

The Mayor Of Casterbridge

  [english | 1886]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a shocking and haunting scene: In a drunken rage Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a visiting sailor at a local fair. When they return to Casterbridge some nineteen years later Henchardhaving gained power and success as the mayorfinds he cannot erase the past or the guilt that consumes him. The Mayor of Casterbridge is a rich psychological novel ...]
Genres: [fictionDownloads: 76

The Three Strangers

  [english | 1883]  

Thomas Hardy

Excerpts: [... of certain counties in the south and south-west. If any mark of human occupation is met with hereon, it usually takes the form of the solitary cottage ...... the wall. Yet never was commiseration for the shepherd more misplaced. For that cheerful rustic was entertaining a large party in glorification of ...... Shepherdess Fennel fell back upon the intermediate plan of mingling ...]
Genres: [fiction | horror | short storiesDownloads: 20

The Trumpet Major

  [english | 1880]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth-century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements. In The Trumpet Major the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors during the Napoleonic wars he explores the subversive effects of ordinary human desire and conflicting loyalties on systematized versions of history.]
Genres: [fiction | historical | romanceDownloads: 190

The Woodlanders

  [english | 1887]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [The story takes place in a small woodland village called Little Hintock and concerns the efforts of an honest woodsman Giles Winterborne to marry his childhood sweetheart Grace Melbury. Although they have been informally betrothed for some time her father has made financial sacrifices to give his adored only child a superior education and no longer considers Giles good enough for her. When the ...]
Genres: [fiction | romanceDownloads: 253

Two On A Tower

  [english | 1882]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War 1890-1914 is a 1966 book by Barbara Tuchman collecting essays she had published in various periodicals during the mid 1960s. Each chapter deals with a different country theme and time (although all relate to the approximately 25 years preceding World War I). The first and last chapters are about British government in 1890 and 1910 ...]
Genres: [fictionDownloads: 220

Under The Greenwood Tree

  [english | 1872]  

Thomas Hardy

Summary: [The plot concerns the activities of a group of church musicians the Mellstock parish choir one of whom Dick Dewy becomes romantically entangled with a comely new school mistress Fancy Day. The novel opens with the fiddlers and singers of the choir--including Dick his father Reuben Dewy and grandfather William Dewy--making the rounds in Mellstock village on Christmas Eve. When little band plays at ...]
Genres: [fictionDownloads: 155