- Series: Wordsworth Literary Lives
- Paperback: 514 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840225599
- ISBN-13: 978-1840225594
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,428,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas Hardy (Wordsworth Literary Lives) Paperback – September 1, 2007
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The "biography" has a feeling of a poorly edited diary (not a journal); one can almost tell which lines are Florence's. It's as if "they" took his diary composed of dates and events, and then added some explanatory material. The better the added material, the more likely it was his, but often it seems second-rate, a "cut and paste" feel to it. The facts are there; it's just not pleasurable reading per se.
Having said that, to have added verbatim his first wife's recollections [written in 1911, the year before she died] of their first meeting in 1870 is worth the price of the book. This really is very, very precious: her description of riding her horse Fanny, her first impressions of Thomas (age 30 at the time), and her faith in Christ. It is said that Thomas, initially not terribly emotional upon the death of his first wife, later became nostalgic and more melancholy when thinking about Emma. Reading her recollections, one can almost see Thomas -- in late age -- wanting to ensure Emma's recollections were not lost to antiquity, not so much for him, but for her. Emma must have been a very attractive woman in her youth; after all, Thomas had just spent six years in London and passed on all the women there. Emma herself said upon seeing Thomas for the first time she had visions of having seen him in dreams.Read more ›