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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Tomalin Narrator: Josephine Baile Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The novels of Thomas Hardy have a permanent place on every booklover’s shelf, yet little is known about the interior life of the man who wrote them. A believer and an unbeliever, a socialist and a snob, an unhappy husband and a desolate widower, Hardy challenged the sexual and religious conventions of his time in his novels and then abandoned fiction to re-establish himself as a great twentieth-century lyric poet. In this acclaimed new biography, Claire Tomalin, one of today’s pre-eminent literary biographers, investigates this beloved writer and reveals a figure as rich and complex as his tremendous legacy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dana | 2/18/2014

    " Tomalin is the best of biographers. Exhaustive and lengthy, yet keeps you fascinated by the man she brings to life in this book. Incredible research and rich detail written with real talent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruth Khanna | 2/18/2014

    " Great reading. Amazing insights into Hardy's life and times. Made me understand where he was coming from when he wrote books like Tess of the D'urbervilles and Jude The Obscure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy | 1/30/2014

    " A good biography, and beautifully written as always with Tomalin, though I didn't really learn much that was new after reading other Hardy biographies in the past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/23/2014

    " Tom and I listened to this while on a trip to Jackson Hole Wyoming. If we'd been able to get NPR in more places I'd never have finished it. Ms. Tomalin was overly thorough with details about the births and deaths of relatives, speculations about when Hardy might have discovered he was conceived before his parents married and how that might have affected his work. Perhaps it is better read than listened to. I'm sure I would have skimmed through many parts of this book if I had been reading it rather than trapped listening to it. A little too much of this book seems to be Ms. Tomalin showing off her genealogical research skills. Apparently she didn't have a lot of source material to work with since his second wife destroyed notes, diaries and letters that predated her arrival when Hardy was in his 70s. Usually after reading a biography I am more interested in an author. This time I am less interested. "

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About the Author

Claire Tomalin is the author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Whitbread Biography Award, and the Samuel Pepys Award, and dubbed “invaluable” by the New York Review of Books. She is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Wordsworth Trust, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.