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Two on a Tower (Electronic book text)
Two on a Tower (Electronic book text): Thomas Hardy

Two on a Tower (Electronic book text)

Thomas Hardy; Edited by Suleiman M. Ahmad

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Published in 1882, his ninth novel, Two on a Tower is Hardy's most complete and daring treatment of the theme of love between characters of different classes and ages. Viviette, the married lady of the manor, is nine years older than Swithin St Cleve, the 20-year old Adonis-astronomer', a lad of striking beauty, scientific attainments, and cultivated bearing', the orphaned son of a curate who married the daughter of a family of farmers. The story of their love, bothcomplex and remarkable, involves adultery and accidental polygamy. On publication some reviewers considered the novel to be immoral, and one suggested that the treatment of the Bishop of Melchester might be regarded as a studied and gratuitous insult aimed at the Church'. This sensational tale is informedthroughout by the astronomical images and reflections which were preoccupying Hardy at the time of the book's composition.This is the first critical edition of Two on a Tower. Based on a study of the manuscript and Hardy's revised printed versions, it presents a text in which many variants make their appearance in print for the first time. -;Published in 1882, his ninth novel, Two on a Tower is Hardy's most complete and daring treatment of the theme of love between characters of different classes and ages. Viviette, the married lady of the manor, is nine years older than Swithin St Cleve, the 20-year old Adonis-astronomer', a lad of striking beauty, scientific attainments, and cultivated bearing', the orphaned son of a curate who married the daughter of a family of farmers. The story of their love, bothcomplex and remarkable, involves adultery and accidental polygamy. On publication some reviewers considered the novel to be immoral, and one suggested that the treatment of the Bishop of Melchester might be regarded as a studied and gratuitous insult aimed at the Church'. This sensational tale is informedthroughout by the astronomical images and reflections which were preoccupying Hardy at the time of the book's composition.This is the first critical edition of Two on a Tower. Based on a study of the manuscript and Hardy's revised printed versions, it presents a text in which many variants make their appearance in print for the first time. -

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Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc, USA
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 1993
Authors: Thomas Hardy
Editors: Suleiman M. Ahmad
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 978-6613168351
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Romance
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Romance > General
LSN: 6613168351
Barcode: 9786613168351

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