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Bernard J. Paris: A General Drama of Pain: Character and Fate in Hardy's Major Novels

Bernard J. Paris: A General Drama of Pain: Character and Fate in Hardy's Major Novels The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2013, 73, (98–116) © 2013 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/13 www.palgrave-journals.com/ajp/ Book Reviews A General Drama of Pain: Character and Fate in Hardy’ s Major Novels, by Bernard J. Paris, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 2012, 137pp. If it is true that the two grimmest words in the English language are Thomas Hardy, then thankfully we have Bernard Paris to give us a captivating intellectual remove from the woefulness beneath which Hardy grinds us down. When I received a copy of Paris ’ s slim volume, which was well before I had any notion of preparing a review for publication, I did something I had never done before and may never do again (unless Paris writes another book, which I hope for). Before looking the book over, let alone reading it, I decided to fi rst read or reread the three novels of Hardy that Paris explicates. We are talking about Tess of the d ’ Urbervilles , The Mayor of Casterbridge , and Jude the Obscure . Truth is, I plugged earbuds into my iPhone and listened to the books. Why would I read / listen to such painful novels in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Bernard J. Paris: A General Drama of Pain: Character and Fate in Hardy's Major Novels

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1057/ajp.2012.30
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Abstract

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2013, 73, (98–116) © 2013 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/13 www.palgrave-journals.com/ajp/ Book Reviews A General Drama of Pain: Character and Fate in Hardy’ s Major Novels, by Bernard J. Paris, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 2012, 137pp. If it is true that the two grimmest words in the English language are Thomas Hardy, then thankfully we have Bernard Paris to give us a captivating intellectual remove from the woefulness beneath which Hardy grinds us down. When I received a copy of Paris ’ s slim volume, which was well before I had any notion of preparing a review for publication, I did something I had never done before and may never do again (unless Paris writes another book, which I hope for). Before looking the book over, let alone reading it, I decided to fi rst read or reread the three novels of Hardy that Paris explicates. We are talking about Tess of the d ’ Urbervilles , The Mayor of Casterbridge , and Jude the Obscure . Truth is, I plugged earbuds into my iPhone and listened to the books. Why would I read / listen to such painful novels in

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 8, 2013

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