A Pair of Blue Eyes
by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: William Tinsley 1873
Number of pages: 552
Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men. Written at a crucial time in Hardy's life, A Pair of Blue Eyes expresses more directly than any of his novels the events and social forces that made him the writer he was.
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by Thomas Hardy - Macmillan
The phrase 'life's little ironies' was coined by Hardy as the title for this volume. Unified by his irony, strong visual sense, and engaging characters, these stories deal with the tragic and the humorous, the metaphysical and the magical.
by Thomas Hardy - Nelson Doubleday
Hardy's simple girl Tess becomes a tragic heroine going from innocent girl at the beginning to pure woman whose life is shaped by events beyond her control. Perhaps the finest of the novels by Thomas Hardy and a masterpiece of tragic fiction.
by Thomas Hardy - The Macmillan Company
Under the Greenwood Tree is Thomas Hardy's one and only rural idyll, a startling contrast to his other Wessex tales. It appears to be pastoral romance at its most sunlit and good humoured, and called the 'most nearly flawless of Hardy's novels'.
by Thomas Hardy
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. The story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.