Desperate Remedies

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Fiction - 415 pages
Hardy's first published work, Desperate Remedies moves the sensation novel into new territory. The anti-hero, Aeneas Manston, as physically alluring as he is evil, even fascinates the innocent Cytherea, though she is in love with another man. When he cannot seduce her, Manston resorts to
deception, blackmail, bigamy, murder, and rape. Yet this compelling story also raises the great questions underlying Hardy's major novels, which relate to the injustice of the class system, the treatment of women, probability and causality. This edition shows for the first time that the sensation
novel was always Hardy's natural genre. It is based on the first edition text, and includes later prefaces and the Wessex Poems dissolved into prose.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
iv
Introduction
v
Note on the Text
xxiii
Select Bibliography
xxix
A Chronology of Thomas Hardy
xxxii
Hardys Poems dissolved into Desperate Remedies
379
Later Prefaces to the Novel
384
Explanatory Notes
385
Glossary
412
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Patricia Ingham has edited texts by Hardy (including Jude the Obscure for OWC), Dickens, Gaskell and Gissing, as well as writing widely on the Victorian novel. She is the General Editor of the Authors in Context series in OWC, and author of the volume on Thomas Hardy.

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