Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 462
Weight: 721 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 31 mm
'In their condensed form, they are utterly absorbing. Michael Millgate has pruned Hardy ... without distorting his shape,...' Andrew Motion, Sunday Observer
`...excellently chosen and edited by Michael Millgate...' Sylvia Clayton, Guardian
`This selection is carefully chosen, elegantly edited, and beautifully produced. Recommended - in short - without reservation of any kind.' Timothy Hands, Thomas Hardy Journal
`They have received exemplary care from Michael Millgate. His commentary, notes and thoughtful index do much to assist the reader's imagination in re-creating the larger context of history and experience, out of which these gritty and taciturned writings have been wrested.' Adrian Poole, Sunday Correspondent
`excellently chosen and edited by Michael Millgate' Sylvia Clayton, Guardian
'This selection is carefully chosen, elegantly edited, and beautifully produced. Recommended - in short - without reservation of any kind.' Thomas Hardy Journal (February 1991)
'a well-chosen selection ... this volume offers a number of helpful bridge passages of biographical summary and commentary together with explanatory notes that are nicely succinct ... As characteristic expressions of a major literary figure they are essential for all libraries.' E.F. Harden, Simon Fraser University, Choice, Dec '90
`Michael Millgate's edition of Selected Letters is especially welcome and very useful. This neat volume gathers more than three hundred letters from the seven-volume Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy ... Each letter has admirable footnoting to explain puzzling references, and the whole is a model of ease of use and attractiveness ... the letters are invalulable in their own way, and Millgate's selection will not be superseded for quite some time.' Notes and Queries
'Selected Letters is an admirable feat of compression, distilling from the seven-volume Collected Letters of over 2000 pages a representative selection spanning a long life, which will be useful to the scholar and appealing to Hardy enthusiasts. Professor Millgate has almost unerringly selected the 'best' letters - best written, or most revealing ... For those who may share Hardy's reservation the Selected Letters provide a happy and dependable alternative to the seven-volume strata from which they have been so knowledgeably and skilfully quarried.' Michael Thorpe, Mount Allison University, English Studies, Volume 73, Number 3, June 1992
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