By Thomas Hardy
'Elfride Swancourt used to be a woman whose feelings lay very close to the surface.'
Elfride is the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow, a distant sea-swept parish in Cornwall in keeping with St Juliot, the place Hardy begun the e-book throughout the first days of his courtship of his first spouse Emma. Blue-eyed and high-spirited, Elfride has little event of the area past, and turns into entangled with males: the boyish architect, Stephen Smith, and the older literary guy, Henry Knight. the previous neighbors develop into opponents, and Elfride faces an agonizing selection.
Written at an important time in Hardy's lifestyles, a couple of Blue Eyes expresses extra at once than any of his novels the occasions and social forces that made him the author he was once. Elfride's difficulty mirrors the tough determination Hardy himself needed to make with this novel: to pursue the career of structure, the place he was once verified, or literature, the place he had but to make his identify?
Readership: scholars and readers of English Literature, the radical, Thomas Hardy, the improvement of the radical, Victorian experiences
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The ﬁrst edition, of which there was taken only one impression, was published in three volumes in 1873 by Tinsley Brothers. The printer’s copy for TB was a combination of the September to April TM text and the MS for the rest. In other words, for Chapters I– XXVIII the copy for TB was TM and Hardy made revisions to this in the TB proofs; for Chapters XXIX–XL the TB text derives not from TM but directly from the now lost MS and contains substantive readings qualitatively superior to TM. The second edition was published by Henry King in one volume in 1877.
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