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Well-Beloved, the (1892) [Novel]
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The Well-Beloved completes the cycle of Hardy's great novels reiterating his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in both love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary Well-Beloved - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh. Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with a characteristically authentic rendering of location, the Isle of Slingers, or Portland as we know it. Overt exploration of the relationship between erotic fascination and creativity makes this novel a nineteenth-century landmark in the persistent debate about art, aesthetics and gender.

Originally published in serial form in the Illustrated London News between 1 October and 17 December 1892 under the title The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved.

Original title: The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved
Original languages: English

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Well-Beloved, the (1892)
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Language: English

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Well-Beloved with the Pursuit of the Well-Beloved, the (September 2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Ware, Herts, U.K.
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 1840224053
Dimensions: 5.0 x 7.6 x 0.9 in
Pages: 327
Notes: This manifestation also includes in full the 1892 serialised version of the novel.

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Well-Beloved, the (July 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Oxford, U.K.
Publisher: Oxford World's Classics
ISBN: 0192835602
Dimensions: 5.0 x 7.6 x 0.6 in
Pages: 274

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Pursuit of the Well-Beloved and the Well-Beloved, the (August 28, 1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140435190
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 1.1 in
Pages: 373
Notes: This manifestation includes both versions of the novel

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Well-Beloved, the (February 1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Phoenix
ISBN: 0460876252
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 x 0.6 in
Pages: 200

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Well-Beloved, the (May 1995)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140435565
Pages: 217

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Well-Beloved, the (January 1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Oxford, U.K.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192817213
Dimensions: 4.4 x 7.0 x 0.7 in
Pages: 274
Notes: World's Classics

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