Hardy A Collection of Critical Essays Author:Edited by Albert J. Guerard Thomas Hardy was a figure of traditional, antique simplicity in an age of debate and change. Regarded during the later decades of his long life as "the grand old man of English letters," he bridged the gap between the Victorian moralists and the modern symbolists. — In an era of often uncritical optimism, Hardy looked upon mankind with dark, broo... more »ding wisdom. He dared to speak of sexual conflict, of man's self-destructiveness, of grotesque mischance. Today his skepticism, his narrative inventiveness and hostility to realism, and his psychological insight make him a congenial, even contemporary, voice.
This critical anthology-the first since 1940-surveys the multiple facets of Thomas Hardy's talent, from such novels as "Tess of the D'Urbervilles'" to "Jude the Obscure," from the lyric poetry of "Time's Laughingstocks" to the epic drama of "The Dynasts." It includes among other essays:
"A Literary Transference" W.H. Auden
"The Traditional Basis of Thomas Hardy's Fiction" Donald Davidson
"Hardy in Defense of His Art" Morton Dauwen Zabel
"Hardy's 'Predilection d'artiste' " D.H. Lawrence
"Poetry and Belief in Thomas Hardy" Delmore Schwartz« less