Thomas Hardy, A Pair of Blue Eyes

Anna Spydell (Sewanee, University of the South)
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A Pair of Blue Eyes is the fourth published novel of English writer and poet Thomas Hardy, which first appeared in serial form in Tinsley’s Magazine under the title “A winning tongue had he”. It was published in eleven instalments, beginning in August 1872 and ending in March 1873. Despite having promised William Tinsley the serial and three-volume publishing rights in July 1872, Hardy did not have much more than an outline of the plot ready, and it is likely that this is what led him to base the story upon his experiences of courting his wife, Emma Gifford Hardy, in 1870. Born into a socially superior family than that of the working class Hardys, Emma was living with her sister and her brother-in-law,…

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Citation: Spydell, Anna. "A Pair of Blue Eyes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2023 [, accessed 28 May 2023.]

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