A Pair of Blue Eyes

A Pair of Blue Eyes

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Thomas Hardy, Introduction by Prof. Cedric Watts, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262773
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262777
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 56,989

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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.

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