How well do you really know your favourite author? Ace literary detective turned quizmaster John Sutherland challenges the reader to find out. Starting with easy, factual questions that test how well you remember a novel and its characters, the quiz progresses to a level of greater difficulty, demanding close reading and interpretative deduction. What really motivates the characters, and what is going on beneath the surface of the story? From Bathsheba's valentine to Tess's favourite cows, the subjects range across six of Hardy's most popular novels. Designed to amuse and divert, the questions and answers take the reader on an imaginative journey into the world of Thomas Hardy, where hypothesis and speculation produce fascinating and unexpected insights. Whether you are an expert or enthusiast, So You Think You Know Thomas Hardy? guarantees you will know him much better after reading it.
Table of Contents
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE; THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE; THE WOODLANDERS; TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES; JUDE THE OBSCURE
John Sutherland has recently retired as Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He has edited numerous editions for OWC, including novels by Thackeray, Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Trollope and most recently Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians. He is the author ofIs Heathcliff a Murderer?, Can Jane Eyre Be Happy, Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet?, and (with Cedric Watt) Henry V, War Criminal?. His most recent book is a biography of Stephen Spender.