A Pair of Blue Eyes (Oxford World's Classics)
Elfride Swancourt is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a remote sea-swept parish in Corwall based on St Juliot, where Hardy began A Pair of Blue Eyes during the beginning of his courtship of his first wife, Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world... show more
Elfride Swancourt is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a remote sea-swept parish in Corwall based on St Juliot, where Hardy began A Pair of Blue Eyes during the beginning of his courtship of his first wife, Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little experience of the world beyond, and becomes entangled with two men: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary man, Henry Knight. The former friends become rivals, and Elfride faces an agonizing choice.Written at a crucial time in Hardy's life, A Pair of Blue Eyes expresses more directly than any of his novels the events and social forces that made him the writer he was. Elfride's dilemma mirrors the difficult decision Hardy himself had to make with this novel: to pursue the profession of architecture, where he was established, or literature, where he had yet to make his name. This updated edition contains a new introduction, bibliography, and chronology.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: April 15th 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, English Literature
While I was reading this book, I initially wondered about why it was considered one of Hardy's lesser novels. It is not quite so dark and brooding as most of his works, but it has exceptionally good courtship scenes. The central heroine of the novel is marvellously done and the writing and landsca...
bookshelves: play-dramatisation, victorian, autumn-2010, published-1873, classic Recommended for: BBC7 listeners Read from October 20 to 22, 2010 Stars Janet Maw and Sean Arnold.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/...3 x 1 hour episodes 2 likes
First sentence: “Elfride Swancourt was a girl whose emotions lay very near the surface.”P. 99: “‘We would tell papa soon, would we not?’, she inquired timidly.”Last Sentence: “And side by side they both retraced their steps down the grey still valley to Castle Boterel.”This book was exactly as I tho...
Stars Janet Maw and Sean Arnold.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jphk/A_Pair_of_Blue_Eyes_Episode_1/3 x 1 hour episodes