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    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    £2.99
    Rich with biographical echoes, this novel reveals the emergence of the schematic ironies which characterise the author's later works
    ISBN: 9781853262777
    AuthorHardy, Thomas
    PublisherNameWordsworth Editions Ltd
    Pub Date05/12/1995
    BindingPaperback
    Pages336

    With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.


    A Pair of Blue Eyes, though early in the sequence of Hardy's novels, is lively and gripping. Its dramatic cliff-hanging episode, for example, is at once tense, ironic, feministic and erotic.


    With settings in Wessex and London, the novel also has some strongly autobiographical features, as the blue-eyed heroine, Elfride Swancourt, is based largely on Emma Gifford, who became Thomas Hardy's first wife. Elfride's vivacious nature attracts several lovers, but she is beset by sexual prejudice, and the ensuing ironies reveal the constraints of her times.


    A Pair of Blue Eyes provides an engaging and moving experience for today's readers.

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    With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.


    A Pair of Blue Eyes, though early in the sequence of Hardy's novels, is lively and gripping. Its dramatic cliff-hanging episode, for example, is at once tense, ironic, feministic and erotic.


    With settings in Wessex and London, the novel also has some strongly autobiographical features, as the blue-eyed heroine, Elfride Swancourt, is based largely on Emma Gifford, who became Thomas Hardy's first wife. Elfride's vivacious nature attracts several lovers, but she is beset by sexual prejudice, and the ensuing ironies reveal the constraints of her times.


    A Pair of Blue Eyes provides an engaging and moving experience for today's readers.