A companion of novels
Dr Ronald D. Morrison, professor of English at Morehead State University, has published a new book “Thomas Hardy: A Companion to the Novels”. The volume appears in the McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature series, published by McFarland & Company.
Thomas Hardy is best known for his realistic portrayal of English rural life at the end of the 19th century in works such as “Far from the Madding Crowd” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”. Hardy has also written 14 novels, including a first detective novel, a historical romance, and an experimental satirical fable.
The book is a reference source for advanced students, academics and readers in general. Individual entries in the book focus on the people, cultural forces, literary forms, and movements that influenced Hardy’s novels. Morrison’s book contains entries on all of Hardy’s novels and includes suggested original readings of each novel, as well as recommendations for further reading.
“This project was kind of a labor of love,” Morrison said. “I have spent much of my adult life studying the works of Thomas Hardy, and the Companion allows me to provide a resource for current and future students. I have always thought that research and teaching are complementary activities, and this project provides an excellent example. . ”
Morrison is a specialist in Victorian literature and has published extensively on Hardy and other Victorian authors. At MSU, he taught courses in Victorian and Romantic literature, including specialized courses on Hardy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also the recipient of the 2004 MSU Distinguished Researcher Award.
Dr Ronald Morrison can be contacted at [email protected]
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