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ID
c56
Title
"Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
14
Word Count
4400
Publication Year
1936
Document Types
Full-text Online
Literary Criticism

Bates finds little to like in Hardy -- lambasting his convoluted plots, "overburdened prose," and fatalistic morality -- except his occasional ability to create memorable novelistic atmosphere. In contrast, Conrad is praised for his "sublime and poetic" prose, novels "supercharged with emotion," and an even more remarkable capacity to create atmosphere. Bates describes Hardy as a writer already dated, Conrad one whose work will endure. In The English Novelists: A Survey of the Novel by Twenty Contemporary Novelists (Ed. Derek Verschoyle, London: Chatto & Windus, 1936, pp. 229-44).


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