Cover image for Thomas Hardy's world : the life, times and works of the great novelist and poet
Thomas Hardy's world : the life, times and works of the great novelist and poet
Lefebure, Molly.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Knickerbocker Press, 1997.

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
General Note:
"This is a Carlton Book"--P. opp. t.p.

Maps on lining pages.

Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PR4753 .L43 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

On Order



The resurgence of Hardy's popularity today is partly due to the film and television adaptations of Far From the Maddening Crowd (with Julie Christie and Alan Bates) and the Academy Award-winning Tess (with Nastassja Kinski), The Woodlanders, Jude, Return of the Native and A Pair of Blue Eyes. Many film stills and vintage photographs combine with Lefebure's erudite text to illustrate Victorian and Edwardian England. Hardy's family background, his development as a writer, his inspirations, his lovers and wives, present a full portrait of the man, his time, and his influence on our time.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. These large-format books, well designed and handsomely illustrated, are the latest entries in the publisher's series on English authors. Each book provides biographical material about its subject as well as a good deal of background information about life in England at the time. All this is colorfully illustrated with period photographs, paintings, and engravings, modern photos of sites and artifacts, and still shots from movie productions. Hardy's World discusses the writer's childhood and education as well as his career and his personal life. Interspersed are pieces on Victorian life, including village life, birth control, the Titanic, and the famous criminals Crippen and Spilsbury. Readable and informative, Lefebure's commentary remarks on Hardy's novels from a feminist perspective. The Brontes focuses on the lives and works of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, set within the context of their family, their Yorkshire home, and nineteenth-century English society. Quoting frequently from diaries and letters as well as the novels, O'Neill deftly portrays the sisters and makes connections between their lives and works. Good supplementary material on English writers, particularly for visual learners. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

YA-An excellent resource. Lefebure capably weaves details on British life with biographical material on Hardy and an analysis of his work. Topics are presented on double-page spreads and are accompanied by numerous period photographs, reproductions of artwork, and stills from movies based on his books. Not all of the photographs are always easily identified, but they do make the book visually appealing. Topics are presented chronologically as they relate to the writer and include discussion of the arts, the Titanic, World War I, and birth control. Although coverage may seem superficial, its breadth makes it a valuable purchase that provides reliable information for world history and English students.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.