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This study examines Hardy's prolonged struggle with his contemporary readers, whose bourgeois values he despised. Initially content to compromise, to provide them with congenial entertainment, Hardy resorted at first to strategies of subversion, smuggling material past his editors and finally to outspoken attack. Professor T. R. Wright attempts to balance historical research into the response of 'actual' readers and the material conditions of publishing with literary-critical analysis of the 'implied' reader inscribed in the novels themselves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333962602
ISBN-10: 0333962605
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 241
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - T. R. Wright

T.R. WRIGHT studied at Oxford and Princeton before becoming Professor of English Literature at the University of Newcastle. His books include The Religion of Humanity, Theology and Literature, Hardy and the Erotic, George Eliot's Middlemarch and D.H. Lawrence and the Bible.

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