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Author: Thomas Hardy,1stworld Library
ISBN: 1595405194
Language: English
Pages: 568 pages
Category: History & Criticism
Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (September 1, 2004)
Rating: 4.2
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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially.

LibriVox recording of A Pair of Blue Eyes, by Thomas Hardy. The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Henry Knight is the respectable, established, older man who represents London society.

A Pair of Blue Eyes is a novel by Thomas Hardy, published in 1873, first serialised between September 1872 and July 1873. It was Hardy's third published novel, and the first not published anonymously upon its first publication

A Pair of Blue Eyes is a novel by Thomas Hardy, published in 1873, first serialised between September 1872 and July 1873. It was Hardy's third published novel, and the first not published anonymously upon its first publication. Hardy was the eldest of the four children of Thomas Hardy, a stonemason and jobbing builder, and his wife, Jemima (née Hand). He grew up in an isolated cottage on the edge of open heathland. Though he was often ill as a child, his early experience of rural life, with its seasonal rhythms and oral culture, was fundamental to much of his later writing.

A Pair of Blue Eyes is the third novel by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) the brilliantly ironic and skeptical native of Dorchester England. The plot concerns the love triangle between Elfrida Swancourt and two suitors. The first man is Stephen Smith who as an assistant architect meets Elfrida when he encounters her on a church restoration project in distant Wessex. The book describes the love triangle of a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.

Authors: Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928. Categories: Nonfiction.

A Pair of Blue Eyes was serialized from 1872 to 1873 and published in three volumes in May, 1873. This book is also viewed by critics as l. Hardy is an architect like the young Stephen Smith, and the book is set in the same place that he meets his wife, Emma. According to the Introduction by Alan Manford, In several respects it was a landmark for Hardy. Interestingly, Hardy meets Emma in 1870 and marries her in 1874, after the book’s publication. One key difference is that Hardy and Emma meet when they are considerably older than Elfride and Stephen, and seem to have had a much longer courtship.

автор: Томас Харди (Thomas Hardy). The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Pair of Blue Eyes, by Thomas Hardy. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever

автор: Томас Харди (Thomas Hardy). Читать на английском и переводить текст. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: A Pair of Blue Eyes. Author: Thomas Hardy. Release Date: July 8, 2008 Last Updated: January 9, 2013. Produced by John Hamm, and David Widger.

A Pair of Blue Eyes book. This is my third Thomas Hardy novel, and I’ve now learned not to expect a joyful, sentimental sort of story from him. Melancholic and brutally honest – yes, that is more Hardy’s line of writing. I admire his keen insight regarding the social "These eyes were blue; blue as autumn distance-blue as the blue we see between the retreating mouldings of hills and woody slopes on a sunny September morning. A misty and shady blue, that had no beginning or surface, and was looked INTO rather than A.

Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - The following chapters were written at a time when the craze for indiscriminate church-restoration had just reached the remotest nooks of western England, where the wild and tragic features of the coast had long combined in perfect harmony with the crude Gothic Art of the ecclesiastical buildings scattered along it, throwing into extraordinary discord all architectural attempts at newness there. To restore the grey carcases of a mediaevalism whose spirit had fled, seemed a not less incongruous act than to set about renovating the adjoining crags themselves. Hence it happened that an imaginary history of three human hearts, whose emotions were not without correspondence with these material circumstances, found in the ordinary incidents of such church-renovations a fitting frame for its presentation.
Comments (7)
Dreladred
A Pair of Blue Eyes is the third novel by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) the brilliantly ironic and skeptical native of Dorchester England. The plot concerns the love triangle between Elfrida Swancourt and two suitors. The first man is Stephen Smith who as an assistant architect meets Elfrida when he encounters her on a church restoration project in distant Wessex. The second lover is Henry Knight based in part on Hardy's friend Horace Moule. He is a literary Hamlet type. Smith is similar in personality to the young Hardy who met his first wife Emma Gifford while on an architectural assignment. The book is filled with humor but ends in tragedy. The scene where Knight is rescued by Elfrida by her using her clothing to bring up to safety after he hangs on a cliff shocked Victorian sensibilities. Hardy considered this novel to be a romance and his writing is beautifully rendered. The novel is considered minor Hardy but it is still much better than the vast majority of modern novels published in the present day. I have been a Hardy fan for at least fifty years and he resides along with Austen, Dickens and Trollope as one of my favorite English authors.
Skyway
Not as good as the classic Thomas Hardy novels like Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D'Urbervilles, this novel held my interest
throughout, and elicited empathy from this reader for the three main characters.
RUsich155
***Possible Spoilers***

I admit that this is a slightly lesser novel than many of Hardy's other masterpieces, but the overall quality of the prose is so high that I have to give it a 5-star rating.(Especially when you consider the junky popular fiction that surrounds us). Hardy is a developing novelist in "A Pair of Blue Eyes" and the Oxford edition has an interesting essay about the autobiographical elements of the text. The story of Elfride, Stephen and Henry is moving and at times quite mesmorizing. Although the story doesn't carry the same level of passionate angst between Eustacia and Wildeve in "The Return of the Native", this fine novel is obviously an exercise for Hardy to hone those writing skills that later left us some of the greatest novels in the English language. For me, the famous "cliffhanger" scene lived up to my expectations, although I was surprised that it does not occur near the novel's end. Then I learned that the novel first appeared in serialized form, so Hardy literally left English readers "hanging", not knowing what was going to happen to Henry who was hanging off a cliff while Elfride looks on. The final 10 or 15 pages made me hold my breath as I waited to see the conclusion of the novel, even though Hardy doesn't make great efforts to hide the outcome from the reader. A great book is one in which we feel compelled to finish as quickly as we can, even though we may already know the outcome of the story. For me, then, this is a great book!
Recommended!
Shistus
I thought I had read all of Hardy when I found this one. It's amazing how many coincidences there are in the plot, but it's still believable. This guy was a genius. It is almost a mystery. Characters start out likable, but end up pathetic. A sad tale, but a page turner.
Nayatol
It's not one of his best, but Hardy is usually an entertaining read. The female protagonist is a little less likable for modern tastes, but no less tragic than other Hardy women.
Kifer
Thomas Hardy longed to be a poet and wrote novels reluctantly to make a living by the pen until his poetry found a market. Fortunately for him, he proved a better novelist than a poet and found a wide audience. His literary reputation flagged for a while after World War I, and his ponderous style and occasional purple passages were often pilloried or parodied even during his lifetime. Somerset Maugham's 'Cakes and Ale' is itself a trenchant view of Hardy's literary reputation late in life and the 'industry' that grew up around it. Yet, Hardy is above all that. He seems to get rediscovered anew by each generation -- a sure sign of enduring merit. Hardy is unlikely to be anyone's favorite author. His vision is dark, and he makes few concessions to those unwilling to think. But he is a much better writer than commonly acknowledged, and a much deeper writer than Maugham.

Bill R. Moore and John Martin previously analyzed this novel correctly, and I will merely second their well expressed views. Let me merely append a note on the novel's structure. The core of this book is a love triangle between Steven Smith (an assistant architect like Hardy himself) and Henry Knight (the literary man Hardy hoped to be), who vie for the love of the heroine Elfride Swancourt (who is very like Emma Gifford, the sister-in-law of the local rector who Hardy wooed and ultimately won). The book is, therefore, highly autobiographical. The two men -- Smith and Knight -- represent a duality in Hardy's own personality and reflect his ambivalence about giving up a highly promising career in architecture for the uncertainties of writing for a living. This duality expresses itself repeatedly in other contexts throughout the novel. The story is not a melodramatic contest between a good man and a bad man, but a rivalry between two men who are both meritorious and equally flawed, each in his own way. Making this, perhaps, the most personal of Hardy's novels, as reflected by the fact that he continued to work on the book, off and on, throughout his life.

The world likes to pigeon-hole talent and render it one-dimensional. But Hardy refuses to be pigeon-holed. He was both architect and creative writer. He was justifiably proud of his accomplishments in the profession of architecture and hopeful, but never quite sure, of his genius in the world of literature. In fact, he mastered both, ultimately. As an architect, Hardy was very conscious of structure and craftsmanship, much more so than most contemporary novelists. The plot of this book reflects his precise nature and his intellect. This book is most assuredly about something, it has direction, and it explores many of the major themes in Hardy's later works. Consequently, it affords those who appreciate the art of literature an opportunity to examine the progress of a novelist learning to weave plot, character, setting, and tone, before he acquires the polish in his later works that make all the seams disappear.

I recommend this book, not as great literature, but as great literary skill in the making and as a starkly honest expression of Hardy's literary vision. It is a book to be studied. In that regard, the masterful introduction by Tom Dolin is worth the price of the book in itself. The text is superbly edited by Alan Manford and augmented by a very helpful chronology, bibliography, and notes. It is a scholarly addition to the other esteemed Oxford World's Classics and should find a place on every serious writer's shelf.
Felolune
"A pair of Blue Eyes" is one the least well known of Hardy's works. I discovered his novels and poetry years ago and treasured his great contribution to literature. This novel however is not on the level of other works of his thus the three stars. Anyone with a modicum of knowledge in literature learns to analyze and value different genre's by reading the classics.
Spoiler alert. Most of the novel is light-hearted until the twists begin. It's not "Tess", but you see Hardy's complexity developing.