The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Thomas Hardy, Introduction and notes by Claire Seymour, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 23mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262382
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262388
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 40,173

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With an Introduction and Notes by Claire Seymour, University of Kent at Canterbury. The Return of the Native is widely recognised as the most representative of Hardy's Wessex novels. He evokes the dismal presence and menacing beauty of Egdon Heath - reaching out to touch the lives and fate of all who dwell on it. The central figure is Clym Yeobright, the returning 'native' and the story tells of his love for the beautiful but capricious Eustacia Vye. As the narrative unfolds and character after character is driven to self-destruction the presence of the Heath becomes all-embracing, while Clym becomes a travelling preacher in an attempt to assuage his guilt.

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Leak and savage, Egdon Heath seems to breathe darkness and it claws back those who rise above it. Against this background Hardy's players come together, weaving a web of deceit and death.