Late Lyrics and Earlier with many other Verses.
HARDY Thomas (1922)
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First edition. 8vo. Original publishers olive green cloth with gilt title and decoration, in tan dust-jacket printed in black. A fine copy. Macmillan & co., London.
Hardy published his first book of verse in 1898 'Wessex Poems' only two years after the publication of 'Jude the Obscure'. A novel which has now received great acclaim, but at the time was highly criticised for being too bleak and of course, for being morally degenerate. Marking, by choice, the end of his novel writing career.
It was Hardy's belief that he could 'express more fully in verse ideas and emotions which run counter to the inert crystallized opinion [...] If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the Inquisition might have left him alone.'
Hardy, encouraged by his friends, published in the preface of this book a rather tongue in cheek apology for: "his pessimism, the potential offence his words might cause, as well as for being a writer from 'mid-Victorian' times writing in 'neo-Georgian days'".
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