The Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy 1978 | Easton Press


  • Author: Thomas Hardy
  • Publisher: Easton Press, 1978
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: Illustrated, Fine Binding

Full green gilt decorated leather, all edges gilt. Binding tight, internally fine, unmarked. Illustrated by many full-page wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. Fine, like New.

‘To be loved to madness – such was her great desire’

Eustacia Vye criss-crosses the wild Egdon Heath, eager to experience life to the full in her quest for ‘music, poetry, passion, war’. She marries Clym Yeobright, native of the heath, but his idealism frustrates her romantic ambitions and her discontent draws others into a tangled web of deceit and

Early readers responded to Hardy’s ‘insatiably observant’ descriptions of the heath, a setting that for D. H. Lawrence provided the ‘real stuff of tragedy’. For modern readers, the tension between the mythic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters challenges our freedom to shape
the world as we wish; like Eustacia, we may not always be able to live our dreams.

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