Trouble and strife

March 25, 2005

In his review of Michael Millgate's Thomas Hardy: A Biography Revisited (March 18), Terry Eagleton describes Hardy's first wife as "snobbish" and "imperious". I would not disagree with this assessment of Emma, but it is unfair (and simplistic) to suggest that she alone was the cause of Hardy's depressions.

Robert Goddard
Aston University

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