Thomas Hardy, Desperate Remedies

Anna Spydell (Sewanee, University of the South)
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Desperate Remedies was the first published work of English author Thomas Hardy. It appeared in 1871 after his first manuscript, The Poor Man and the Lady, was rejected for publication. Hardy was encouraged by George Meredith to write a novel with “more plot”, with Desperate Remedies being the result (DR, Oxford World’s Classics, ix). Published anonymously in three volumes, Desperate Remedies was met by middling-to-bad reviews, and the novel went out of print until 1889, when it was re-published in an edition by Ward and Downey.

Desperate Remedies’ place within the context of Wessex is tenuous and it has changed over time. As the novel was originally written before Hardy had conceived of Wessex, the places in the 1871 Tinsley Brothers edition and the 1874 American edition from Henry

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Citation: Spydell, Anna. "Desperate Remedies". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2023 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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