Pair of Blue Eyes (Wordsworth Classics) (Wordsworth Collection)
With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex. A Pair of Blue Eyes, though early in the sequence of Hardy s novels, is lively and gripping. Its dramatic cliff-hanging episode, for example, is at once tense, ironic, feministic and erotic. With... show more
With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex. A Pair of Blue Eyes, though early in the sequence of Hardy s novels, is lively and gripping. Its dramatic cliff-hanging episode, for example, is at once tense, ironic, feministic and erotic. With settings in Wessex and London, the novel also has some strongly autobiographical features, as the blue-eyed heroine, Elfride Swancourt, is based largely on Emma Gifford, who became Thomas Hardy s first wife. Elfride s vivacious nature attracts several lovers, but she is beset by sexual prejudice, and the ensuing ironies reveal the constraints of her times. A Pair of Blue Eyes provides an engaging and moving experience for today s readers.
Publish date: April 1st 1998
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Pages no: 306
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...
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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