Thomas Hardy: Prophet of Total Theatre


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Thomas Hardy's reputation as a writer rests primarily on his work as a novelist; consequently, his poetry, both stylistically and thematically, has been greatly underestimated until recently, while his plays, apart from an occasional revival, have either been by-passed or ignored completely. In this article, by referring mainly to The Dynasts, I wish to discuss some of Hardy's implicit and explicit theories of drama and to suggest some comparisons with certain characteristics of theatre which have appeared during the last thirty or forty years.

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