By Keith Wilson
Via unique essays from a individual staff of overseas students and Hardy experts, 'A significant other to Thomas Hardy' offers a different, one-volume source, which encompasses all features of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry.
• trained by way of the most recent in scholarly, serious, and theoretical debates from a number of the world's prime Hardy scholars
• unearths groundbreaking insights via examinations of Hardy’s significant novels, brief tales, poetry, and drama
• Explores Hardy's paintings within the context of the foremost highbrow and socio-cultural currents of his time and assesses his legacy for next writers
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In the same Lamarckian vein, Angel Clare expects that “improved systems of moral and intellectual training” will gradually “elevate the involuntary, and even the unconscious, instincts of human nature” (TD 167; italics added). Despite his misgivings about Comte, John Stuart Mill was similarly persuaded that it was possible for education to extirpate bad instincts, “or rather (what can be done even to an instinct) to starve by disuse” (Mill  1904: 29). Here too Hardy was less confident. Even when they are most eagerly embraced, family ties in his fiction are more often fraught than enabling.