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Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner Hardcover – 21 Oct 2016
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"Ford has the true measure of his subject, and his admiration for Hardy does not blind him to occasional dud moments and absurdities, which he treats with a light and witty touch. His discussion of less well-known novels and poems is particularly welcome, and this fine book will encourage readers to return to the work they know with a quickened perception and explore further what is new to them." - The Spectator
"The great strength of Mark Ford's appropriately urbane and absorbing Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner is to take this often overlooked fact about Hardy's work, and investigate in in ways that allow its centrality to become apparent... the fact it delves to a compensating depth, and persuades us to reappraise some of the most commonly held views of Hardy, makes it necessary and valuable."
Andrew Motion, Times Literary Supplement
As this fascinating and strangely poignant book reveals, the two locations of Hardy's graves are true to the life that had shaped his writing."
The Literary Review
"Ford is a sensitive biographer who recognises Hardy's repression and his fervour his embrace of London's feverish energy alongside his horror of it. More than anything, though, Ford reveals the quality of Hardy's London writing.""
The Evening Standard
"Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner offers fresh and exciting analysis of Hardy's novels and poems, when they are viewed from the perspective of Hardy's London experiences." --Simon Gatrell, University of Georgia
"Mark Ford discusses Hardy with great urbanity and tact, and demonstrates throughout the literary insight of someone who is himself a distinguished poet. Hardy's many admirers will find a great deal to relish in this astute, original, and highly enjoyable book." --Seamus Perry, University of Oxford
About the Author
Mark Ford is Professor of English and American Literature at University College London.
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