Desperate Remedies, Hardback Book


Hardy's first published novel, Desperate Remedies (1871), a piece of sensation fiction that encompasses illegitimacy, murder, blackmail, impersonation, and bigamy, was originally published anonymously.

Written while, in Hardy's own words, he was 'feeling his way to a method', it nonetheless contains early examples of the kinds of extreme situations and emotions that continued to play a significant role in his later plots.

As part of The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy, this edition of the novel provides an authoritative text; full scholarly apparatus that allows the reader to trace Hardy's creative process; an introductory essay discussing the work's composition, publication, and critical reception; and comprehensive explanatory notes.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 628 pages, 3 b/w illus.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9781107036925

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