The Well-Beloved: The Women in Thomas Hardy’s Life and Fiction
To be published in October 2017 by Sundial Press
The Well-Beloved looks at Hardy’s relationship with a number of women who featured prominently in his life: Jemimah Hardy (the Matriarch), Emma and Florence (the two unfortunate wives), Tryphena Sparks, Florence Henniker, Agnes Gove and Gertrude Bugler, four of his lady friends, and finally a number of the most significant and interesting heroines from his fourteen novels.
UPDATE: Revised editions of both novels, ‘Florence: Mistress of Max Gate‘ and ‘Emma; A Woman Betrayed‘ are to be released in paperback in conjunction with the publication of ‘The Well-Beloved’ later in the year. I am delighted that all three books are to be published by Sundial Press whose quality and presentation are always of a very high standard.
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NB I will be talking at the Mere Literary Festival on Friday 13 October on the subject of
The Well Beloved – The Women in Thomas Hardy’s Life and Fiction
2.30pm, Grove Building, Mere.
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