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title: The Return of the Native
author: Thomas Hardy
illustrator: Agnes Miller Parker
series: Limited Editions Club (1942)
condition: A clean copy in excellent condition and appears unread. Strong binding and spine. Clean, tear-free, and stainless pages.
publisher: The Heritage Press, New York
dimensions: 9 inches x 6 inches x 1.5 inches
description: Hardcover, dark brown book. Decorated in gold text along the spine. Illustrated with beautiful wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker.
synopsis: One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, The Return of the Native centers famously on Egdon Heath, the wild, haunted Wessex moor that D. H. Lawrence called "the real stuff of tragedy." The heath's changing face mirrors the fortunes of the farmers, inn-keepers, sons, mothers, and lovers who populate the novel. The "native" is Clym Yeobright, who comes home from a cosmopolitan life in Paris. He; his cousin Thomasin; her fiancé, Damon Wildeve; and the willful Eustacia Vye are the protagonists in a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life.
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