OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Return of the Native

ISBN : 9780199537044

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¥1,463
Author: 
Thomas Hardy; Simon Gatrell
Pages
496 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
126 x 196 mm
Pub date
Aug 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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To be loved to madness - such was her great desire' Eustacia Vye criss-crosses the wild Egdon Heath, eager to experience life to the full in her quest for 'music, poetry, passion, war'.

She marries Clym Yeobright, native of the heath, but his idealism frustrates her romantic ambitions and her discontent draws others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness. Early readers responded to Hardy's 'insatiably observant' descriptions of the heath, a setting that for D. H. Lawrence provided the 'real stuff of tragedy'. For modern readers, the tension between the mythic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters challenges our freedom to shape the world as we wish; like Eustacia, we may not always be able to live our dreams. This edition has a critically established text based on the manuscript and first edition.

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Edited by Simon Gatrell, Professor of English, University of Georgia, Nancy Barrineau, Associate Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Margaret R. Higonnet, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Connecticut

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