"Jemidar" wrote:The only Hardy I've read is Tess of the D'urbevilles and the Mayor Casterbridge. I found both of them incredibly depressing . Are his others any different?
This conversation is making me want to pull out all my fav classics and do a re-read. Classics can be considered historical fiction, can't they?
I think Under the Greenwood Tree is more upbeat than the others, but I've never read it. Jude the Obscure is definitely in the depressing category.
My own favorite classic authors are Dickens, Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Gaskell.