Because thomas hardys poetry and fiction are so closely associated with wessex it is easy to forget that he was in his own words half a londoner moving between country and capital throughout his life this self division mark ford says can be traced not only in works explicitly set in london but in his most regionally circumscribed novels. This remarkable study considers the profound influence of victorian london on the novelist and poet. Thomas hardy half a londoner offers fresh and exciting analysis of hardys novels and poems when they are viewed from the perspective of hardys london experiences simon gatrell university of georgia mark ford discusses hardy with great urbanity and tact and demonstrates throughout the literary insight of someone who is himself a distinguished poet. Lifestyle books thomas hardy half a londoner by mark ford review londons crowded streets theatres and music halls were places of thrilling sexuality. I was often put in mind of the painter of modern life while reading mark fords study of thomas hardy ford doesnt mention it though he does refer to baudelaires flaneurial poems perhaps because that manifesto is too obvious or too obviously theoretical he prefers to build his case patiently historically in solid empirical sediments beginning and ending with biography a
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