© 1997

Thomas Hardy

Selected Poetry and Non-Fictional Prose

  • Editors
  • Peter Widdowson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. A Selection of Hardy’s Poems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Widdowson
      Pages 2-2
    3. Peter Widdowson
      Pages 3-88
    4. Peter Widdowson
      Pages 89-185
    5. Peter Widdowson
      Pages 186-217
  3. Literary and Social Comment: A Selection of Hardy’s Non-Fictional Prose

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 289-438

About this book


Peter Widdowson's major new selection of Hardy's poetry offers the student a challenging assessment of his poetic achievement by juxtaposing Hardy's best known poems with some of his least known. In addition to the 184 poems and the selection of Hardy's prose writings (never before so fully annotated), Widdowson includes a lively introduction on Hardy's life and work, a critical essay re-assessing his place in literary history, and extensive explanatory notes on each poem and essay. The volume revitalises our understanding and enjoyment of a most enduringly popular poet and is set to prove a definitive student edition.


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About the authors

PETER WIDDOWSON was one time Professor of English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

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