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A Laodicean : a Story of To-day [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hardy
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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One of Hardy's most unusual novels. This edition presents the text of the first edition rather than that of 1912, allowing modern readers to read the novel as Hardy originally wrote it.

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 near Dorchester, the son of a builder. His education was rural and ordinary for the time, teaching him a mixture of folklore, the realities of rural life, English literature and church music which was to be reflected in his novels. Apprenticeship and office work in architecture from 1856 to 1867 took him to with London, and also saw him submitting poetry for magazine publication, but without success. He returned to Dorchester and started writing novels, the first published being Desperate Remedies in 1871. Far From the Madding Crowd, in 1874, was a runaway success and made him economically secure. While moving around England and the Continent and ultimately settling back in the West Countryin the years that followed, Hardy wrote a string of major novels and short-story collections. The reception of Jude the Obscure (1895), however, led him to give up novels and return to poetry, which he wrote prolifically and eclectically, from lyrics to the three-part epic drama The Dynasts, from 1898 until his death, having gradually become a literary establishment figure, in 1928.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082RWQUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,691 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Thomas Hardy was born in a cottage in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, on 2 June 1840. He was educated locally and at sixteen was articled to a Dorchester architect, John Hicks. In 1862 he moved to London and found employment with another architect, Arthur Blomfield. He now began to write poetry and published an essay. By 1867 he had returned to Dorset to work as Hicks's assistant and began his first (unpublished) novel, The Poor Man and the Lady.

On an architectural visit to St Juliot in Cornwall in 1870 he met his first wife, Emma Gifford. Before their marriage in 1874 he had published four novels and was earning his living as a writer. More novels followed and in 1878 the Hardys moved from Dorset to the London literary scene. But in 1885, after building his house at Max Gate near Dorchester, Hardy again returned to Dorset. He then produced most of his major novels: The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), The Woodlanders (1887), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891), The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved (1892) and Jude the Obscure (1895). Amidst the controversy caused by Jude the Obscure, he turned to the poetry he had been writing all his life. In the next thirty years he published over nine hundred poems and his epic drama in verse, The Dynasts.

After a long and bitter estrangement, Emma Hardy died at Max Gate in 1912. Paradoxically, the event triggered some of Hardy's finest love poetry. In 1914, however, he married Florence Dugdale, a close friend for several years. In 1910 he had been awarded the Order of Merit and was recognized, even revered, as the major literary figure of the time. He died on 11 January 1928. His ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey and his heart at Stinsford in Dorset.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hardy love story 15 May 1999
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A compelling read, it does drag occasionally but there are parts in this book that grab you and make you think of your own life and how we could all strive to wait for what we want instead of racing after it insanely. Excellent characters, as always from Hardy, the Gentleman in love, the Lady who does not know what she wants(spiritually & emotionally) and then there is the'Cad', who does not care how he gets what he wants. I was completely amazed with the amount of patience Hardy blessed his character ' George Somerset' with, I would love to have some of it! Overall a good read with some twists, turns and surprises, along with some thought provoking episodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction guaranteed. 29 Jan. 2013
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If you are a fan of Thomas Hardy you will not be disappointed with this book. I can't complain about the price as it was free - I would recommend to all TH lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Laodicaen 2 Oct. 2013
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Well our heroine certainly frustrated me but she sorted herself out in the end Thomas Hardy DOES give us happy endings!
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