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A collectible new Penguin Classics series: beautiful, slim, clothbound editions of ten favourite poets.

Wessex Poems was Hardy's first collection of poetry, published after he had turned away from novel writing, disillusioned by the savage reception Jude the Obscure had received. Its publication marked the start of an extraordinary new phase in Hardy's writing career: for the rest of his long life, he would write only poetry. Here are sprightly Dorset ballads, verses set during the Napoleonic Wars, and personal poems reflecting on Hardy's life and loves. Composed throughout Hardy's life and animated by his affection for his beloved Wessex, their publication in 1898 heralded the arrival of a major new poetic voice.

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780241303139

    October 30, 2017

    Penguin Classics

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9780241303276

    August 24, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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Also by Thomas Hardy

The Withered Arm
Far from the Madding Crowd (Vintage Summer)
Woman Much Missed
Two On A Tower
The Distracted Preacher
Poems Of Thomas Hardy
Mayor Of Casterbridge
Fiddler Of The Reels And Other Stories 1888-1900
Mod Lib The Mayor Of Casterbridge
Mod Lib Far From The Madding Crowd
Mod Lib Jude The Obscure
Mod Lib Tess Of The D'urbervilles
Mod Lib Return Of The Native
A Pair Of Blue Eyes
Desperate Remedies
Under The Greenwood Tree
The Woodlanders
Jude The Obscure-Movie Tie-In
Hardy Poems
Selected Poems
Jude The Obscure
The Return Of The Native
Far From The Madding Crowd
Tess Of The D'urbervilles

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