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Unexpected Elegies

Unexpected Elegies Thomas Hardy, Selection and Introduction by Claire Tomalin

After the death of his wife, Emma, in 1912, the great English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy began to write a series of poems about her.  Although the couple had long been estranged, Hardy was suddenly enthralled all over again and became obsessed with memories of their love, as well as with remorse over what had gone wrong between them.  This sequence, "Poems of 1912-13," has grown in stature in the century since it was written and is now considered to be one of his most accomplished works.  Hardy continued to write about Emma for the rest of his life, and Unexpected Elegies includes a selection of the best of these other poems about Emma.  The insightful introduction by the noted Hardy critic Claire Tomalin places the poems in a biographical context.

Praise for the Book:
"One of the great, shattering, open-hearted legacies of twentieth-century English poetry." —Edward Hirsch

"A superb volume." —Harold Bloom

"The poems delve as deeply into the contradictions of the human heart as Hardy's finest novels."—Dana Gioia

"Often lost in the abundance of Hardy's larger collections, these poems about Emma deserve their own space.  In this little jewel-box of  a book they have found it."—Eamon Grennan

About the Authors:
Thomas Hardy (1830-1928) is the author of The Return of the native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, and many other classic novels.  From 1898 on, he devoted himself entirely to writing poetry.

Claire Tomalin is an award-winning biographer and critic, author of Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man (2006) and The Poems of Thomas Hardy (2007), among others.


Original Trade Paperback / $14.00 (Can. $15.50) / ISBN 978-0-8925-5361-7 / 65 pages / Poetry 

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