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The Well-Beloved with The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved

SKU: 9781840224054 Supplier: Wordsworth Editions Ltd


Author : Thomas Hardy

Format Paperback | 368 pages

Dimensions 129 x 198 x 19mm | 230g

Publication date 05 Sep 2000

The Well-Beloved completes the cycle of Hardy's great novels, reiterating his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in both love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary Well-Beloved - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh.

Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with a characteristically authentic rendering of location, the Isle of Slingers, or Portland as we know it. Overt exploration of the relationship between erotic fascination and creativity makes this novel a nineteenth-century landmark in the persistent debate about art, aesthetics and gender.

This volume breaks new ground by including in full the1892 serialised version of the novel - The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved.


 The Well-Beloved with The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved