A Life of Thomas Hardy
The new masterpiece from the Whitbread Prize-winning author
Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: from the poverty of rural Dorset he went on to become the Grand Old Man of English life and letters, his last resting place in Westminster Abbey. This seminal biography, by our leading biographer, covers Hardy's illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist and, in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet.
Praise for Claire Tomalin: 'Tomalin is one of our greatest biographers' Financial Times'Outstanding. Simultaneously informative and entertaining' Observer'Wide, penetrating, sympathetic' New Statesman
Claire Tomalin is the author of seven highly acclaimed biographies, including The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, which won the Whitbread First Book Prize; The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens, which won the Hawthornden Prize, the NCR Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography; and, in 2002, Pepys: The Unequalled Self, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year.