Hardy the Creator: Far from the Madding Crowd

  • Simon Gatrell


Most studies of the texts of Hardy’s novels and stories concentrate upon the significant changes in structure and characterisation revealed by the manuscript and the various printed versions, and to a great extent this essay is no exception. But there is also another, not less important if less dramatic, element in the development of Hardy’s fiction. This shows Hardy acting in ways that may be duplicated (generally speaking) in all his work. The full significance of these changes can only be shown through a comparative study of the whole range of his writing, which is hardly possible in a short essay. My intention is, however, to draw attention to examples in Far from the Madding Crowd of at least some of these kinds of activity and to suggest their significance as a first step towards a synthetic study of all Hardy’s fictional prose.


Critical Approach Late Addition Short Essay Early Leave Dialectal Formation 
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