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Oxen, The

By: Thomas Hardy

volunteers bring you seven different recordings of The Oxen , by Thomas Hardy. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of December 17th, 2006.

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Far From The Madding Crowd, version 2

By: Thomas Hardy

...Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardys fourth novel.It centres on the lives of five characters,Gabriel Oak,Bathsheba Everdene,Mr Boldwood,Sgt.Troy and Fanny Robin.The plot involves love,loyalty,death and betrayal and all this is delivered to us in Hardys mo...

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Well-Beloved, The

By: Thomas Hardy

'The Well-Beloved' tells the story of Jocelyn Pierston and his love for three generations of women - the grandmother, her daughter and grand-daughter over a period of forty years. Pierston is seeking for perfection in his choice of lover and in doing so lets opportunities for happiness pass him by. However, at the end of his life, he finds some kind of contentment in compromise. (Summary by Simon Evers)...

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Tess of the Durbervilles

By: Thomas Hardy

...Tess of the d’Urbervilles THOMAS HARDY 1891 Based on the Wessex Edition of 1912 Contents Phase the F... ...Tess of the d’Urbervilles THOMAS HARDY 1891 Based on the Wessex Edition of 1912 Contents Phase the First — ... ...rious legend of King Henry III.’s reign, in which the killing by a certain Thomas de la Lynd of a beautiful white hart which the king had run down and... ...the Billetts and the Drenkhards and the Greys and the St. Quintins and the Hardys and the Goulds, who used to own the lands for miles down this valley... ...its Norman windows and immense length of aisle and nave, the spires of St. Thomas’s, the pinnacled tower of the College, and, more to the right, the t...

Excerpt: Phase the First; The Maiden -- I -- On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor. The pair of legs that carried him were rickety, and there was a bias in his gait which inclined him somewhat to the left of a straight line. He occasionally gave a smart nod, as if in confirmation of some opinion, though he was not thinking of anything in particular. An empty egg-basket was slung upon his arm, the nap of his hat was ruffled, a patch being quite worn away at its brim where his thumb came in taking it off. Presently he was met by an elderly parson astride on a gray mare, who, as he rode, hummed a wandering tune. ?Good night t?ee,? said the man with the basket. ?Good night, Sir John,? said the parson....

Table of Contents: Phase the First ? The Maiden, 1 -- I, 1 -- II, 5 -- III, 10 -- IV, 16 -- V, 24 -- VI, 32 -- VII, 36 -- VIII, 39 -- IX, 43 -- X, 48 -- XI, 55 -- Phase the Second? Maiden No More, 61 -- XII, 61 -- XIII, 68 -- XIV, 70 -- XV, 80 -- Phase the Third? The Rally, 83 -- XVI, 83 -- XVII, 87 -- XVIII, 93 -- XIX, 99 -- XX, 105 -- XXI, 108 -- XXII, 113 -- XXIII, 116 -- XXIV, 122 -- Phase the Fourth? The Consequence, 126...

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Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses (Selection)

By: Thomas Hardy

...Hardy claimed poetry as his first love, and published collections until his death in 1928. Although not as well received by his contemporaries as his novels, Hardy's poetry has been applauded considerably in recent years. Mos...

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Song of the Soldiers' Wives

By: Thomas Hardy

...Thomas Hardy is regarded as one of the best English novelists. His novels are heartbreaking, unconventional, sad and lyrical. He also wrote many poems. This is one of the best. This is the weekly poem for the week starting at...

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Far from the Madding Crowd

By: Thomas Hardy

...Far from the Madding Crowd THOMAS HARDY 1874 Contents 1 DESCRIPTION OF FARMER OAK — AN INCIDENT . .... ...Far from the Madding Crowd THOMAS HARDY 1874 Contents 1 DESCRIPTION OF FARMER OAK — AN INCIDENT . . . . . ... ...AN INTERIOR — AN OTHER INTERIOR I T was nearly midnight on the eve of St. Thomas’s, the shortest day in the year. A desolating wind wandered from the... ...y no means uninteresting intrinsically. If report spoke truly they were as hardy, merry, thriving, wicked a set as any in the whole county. Oak resolv...

Excerpt: Chapter 1; DESCRIPTION OF FARMEROAK -- AN INCIDENT -- When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun. His Christian name was Gabriel, and on working days he was a young man of sound judgement, easy motions, proper dress, and general good character. On Sundays he was a man of misty views, rather given to postponing, and hampered by his best clothes and umbrella: upon the whole, one who felt himself to occupy morally that vast middle space of Laodicean neutrality which lay between the Communion people of the parish and the drunken section, --that is, he went to church, but yawned privately by the time the congregation reached the Nicene creed, and thought of what there would be for dinner when he meant to be listening to the sermon. Or, to state his character as it stood in the scale of public opinion, when his friends and critics were in tantrums, he was considered rather a bad man; when they were...

Table of Contents: 1 DESCRIPTION OF FARMER OAK? AN INCIDENT, 1 -- 2 NIGHT ? THE FLOCK ? AN INTERIOR ? ANOTHER INTERIOR -- ., 6 -- 3 A GIRL ON HORSEBACK? CONVERSATION, 13 -- 4 GABRIEL?S RESOLVE ? THE VISIT ? THE MISTAKE, 20 -- 5 DEPARTURE OF BATHSHEBA ? A PASTORAL TRAGEDY, 28 -- 6 THE FAIR ?THE JOURNEY? THE FIRE, 32 -- 7 RECOGNITION? A TIMID GIRL, 40 -- 8 THE MALTHOUSE ? THE CHAT ? NEWS, 44 -- 9 THE HOMESTEAD? A VISITOR ? HALF-CONFIDENCES 59 -- 10 MISTRESS AND MEN, 64 -- 11 OUTSIDE THE BARRACKS ? SNOW? A MEETING, 70 -- 12 FARMERS ? A RULE ? IN EXCEPTION, 75 -- 13 SORTES SANCTORUM ? THE VALENTINE, 79 -- 14 EFFECT OF THE LETTER ? SUNRISE, 83 -- 15 A MORNING MEETING? THE LETTER AGAIN, 87 -- 16 ALL SAINTS? AND ALL SOULS?, 96 -- 17 IN THE MARKET-PLACE, 99 -- 18 BOLDWOOD IN MEDITATION ? REGRET, 102 -- 19 THE SHEEP-WASHING ? THE OFFER, 106 -- 20 PERPLEXITY ? GRINDING THE SHEARS ?A QUARREL, 111 -- 21 TROUBLES IN THE FOLD ? A MESSAGE, 116 -- 22 THE GREAT BARN AND THE SHEEP-SHEARERS, 122 -- 23 EVENTIDE?A SECOND DECLARATION, 131 -- 24 THE SAME NIGHT? THE FIR PLANTATION, 137 -- 25 THE NEW ACQUAINTANCE DESCRIBED, 143 -- 26 SCENE ON THE VERGE OF T...

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Mayor of Casterbridge, The (version 2)

By: Thomas Hardy

... wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural and small-town England in the mid-1800s. In the original subtitle, Hardy called this the story of a man of character, and the central character, Michael Henchard, is one of English fiction's greatest creations. Henchard is deeply developed as a realistic character, but also larger-than-life ...

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles

By: Thomas Hardy

I’LL WRITE THE SUMMARY LATER (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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Return of the Native, The

By: Thomas Hardy

...Like all of Hardy's work, The Return of the Native (1878) is passionate and controversial, with themes and sympathies beyond what a good Victorian would ever admit. A modern and honest novel of chance and choice, faith and infidelities, ...

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Pair of Blue Eyes, A

By: Thomas Hardy

The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen Smith is a socially inferior but ambitious young man who adores her and with whom she shares a country background. Henry Knight is the respectable, established, older man who represents London society.(Summary by Wikipedia)...

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Wessex Tales

By: Thomas Hardy

...Wessex Tales is a collection of six short stories written by Hardy in the 1880’s. If you’ve never read Hardy they’ll serve as a good introduction to his writing. Though not as comprehensive as his major works they do contain all the ingredients that make him instantly recognisable. (In...

Literature, Short stories

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Woodlanders, The (version 2)

By: Thomas Hardy

...The Woodlanders is one of Hardys later novels,although he origianally intended it as a successor to Far From The Madding Crowd.It concerns the life and loves of Giles Winterborne,Grace Melbury,Edred Fitzpiers, Felice Charmond and Marty South.The topic...

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Jude the Obscure

By: Thomas Hardy

...Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy's novels, begun as a magazine serial and first published in book form in 1895. Its hero Jude Fawley is a lower-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, ...

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Far from the Madding Crowd

By: Thomas Hardy

...Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished. Hardy's growing taste for tragedy is also evident in the novel. It first appeared, anonymously, as a monthly ma...

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Woodlanders, The

By: Thomas Hardy

...his adored only child a superior education and no longer considers Giles good enough for her. The Woodlanders marks the beginnings of controversy for Hardy's novels. At this point in his career he was established enough as a writer to take risks, especially in the areas of sex, sexual attraction, marriage, divorce, marital fidelity, unconventional plots and tones, and seem...

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Under the Greenwood Tree

By: Thomas Hardy

...gy being introduced in the Victorian era and its threat to traditional country ways. The novel was published anonymously in 1872 and is often seen as Thomas Hardy's most gentle and pastoral novel. In 2005 Under the Greenwood Tree was adapted for a television version by Ashley Pharoah. (Summary by Rachel Lintern)...

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Mayor of Casterbridge, The

By: Thomas Hardy

...The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) is a tragic novel by English author Thomas Hardy subtitled, The Life and Death of a Man of Character. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional r...

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Trumpet Major, The

By: Thomas Hardy

...Derriman, the cowardly son of the local squire. Set at the time of the Napoleonic wars, this is the author's only historical novel, and unusually for Hardy's books, some of the characters live happily ever after. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Cori Samuel.)...

Literature, Historical Fiction

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Hand of Ethelberta, The

By: Thomas Hardy

Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further privileges by Lady Petherwin but restricted from seeing her own family. The story follows Ethelberta's career as a famous poetess and storyteller. Meanwhile, she struggles to support her family and conceal the fact that her father is a butler. Ethelberta easily attracts four very persistent suitors but is reluctant to give her much-coveted hand. The book is written in serial form. (Summary by Simon Evers)...

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Two On A Tower

By: Thomas Hardy

The plot concerns two – literally starcrossed – lovers: Swithin St. Cleeve, a very young amateur astronomer, and Viviette Constantine, an unhappily married and abandoned woman 8 or 9 years his senior. Each night Swithin climbs the old tower of the title, in the grounds of the Constantine estate. Lady Constantine, whose husband has been absent some years on an extended hunting and exploring journey to Africa, joins the young man in his stargazing, and supports his astronomical ambitions by buying him equipment, though his dreams of scientific renown are disappointed.Their relationship then deepens and takes several twists and turns.(Summary by Tadhg)...

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