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This is a partial list of books and articles the interested reader might consult for further information on the relationship between Hardy’s works and film, and on the film and television adaptations as individual works.  Keep checking this section, as new citations will be added.



Allingham, Philip V.  "Dennis Potter's 1978 Television Adaptation of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge."  The Victorian Web.  12 November 2002. 


__________.  "The Mayor of Casterbridge (2001, 2003) on A & E Television: Sometimes Less IS Less."  The Victorian Web.  4 October 2003.


__________.  "The Scarlet Tunic: A Television Adaptation of Hardy's 'The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion' -- A Sensationalist's Transformation of a Minor Classic."  The Victorian Web.  8 September 2004.


Beach, Joseph Warren.  The Technique of Thomas Hardy.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press (1922).

            The first source to connect Hardy’s writing to film technique.


Bird, Dennis L.  “The First Hardy Film.”  Thomas Hardy Journal 11 (1995):  43-4.

             A fascinating look at the filming of the 1921 version of The Mayor of Casterbridge.


Boyum, Joy Gould.  Double Exposure: Fiction Into Film.  New York: Universe (1985).

            Contains material on Polanski’s Tess.


Chalfont, Fran E.  “From Strength to Strength: John Schlesinger’s Film of Far from the Madding Crowd.”  Thomas Hardy Annual 5   (1987): 63-74.


Constabile, Rita.  “Hardy in Soft Focus.” The English Novel and the Movies.  Ed.  Michael Klein and Gillian Parker.  New York: Ungar (1981): 155-64.

Critiques Schlesinger’s Far from the Madding Crowd.


Costanzo, William.  “Polanski in Wessex: Filming Tess of the D’Urbervilles.”  Literature/Film Quarterly 9.2 (1981): 71-8.


Fierz, Charles L.  “Polanski Misses:  A Critical Essay Concerning Polanski’s Reading of Tess.”  Literature/Film Quarterly 27.2 (1999): 103-9.


Gibson, Pamela Church.  “Fewer Weddings and More Funerals: Changes in the Heritage Film.”  British Cinema of the 90s.  Ed. Robert Murphy. London: BFI (2000): pp. 115-24.

            Contains information on Michael Winterbottom’s Jude.


Harris, Margaret.  “Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Faithfully Presented by Roman Polanski?”  Sydney Studies in English 7 (1981-2): pp. 115-22.


Lodge, David.  “Thomas Hardy as a Cinematic Novelist.”  Thomas Hardy After Fifty Years.  Ed. Lance St. John Butler.  London and Basingstoke:  Macmillan (1977): 78-89.

            The seminal study of the “movie-like” techniques in Hardy’s writing.


Marcus, Jane.  “A Tess for Child Molesters.”  Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Contemporary Critical Essays.  Ed. Peter Widdowson.  New Casebooks.  London and Basingstoke: Macmillan (1993): 90-3.

            Reprint of an early feminist review of Polanski’s Tess, from which the author has somewhat backed away. 


Niemeyer, Paul J.  Seeing Hardy: Film and Television Adaptations of the Fiction of Thomas Hardy.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland (2003).


Phillips, Gene D.  John Schlesinger.  Boston: Twayne (1981).

            Contains information on the making of Far from the Madding Crowd.


Polanski, Roman.  Roman by Polanski.  New York:  Morrow (1984).

            Excellent “insider’s” look at the filming of Tess.


Sadoff, Dianne Fallon.  “Looking at Tess:  The Female Figure in Two Narrative Media.”  The Sense of Sex: Feminist Perspectives on Hardy.  Ed. Margaret Higonnet.  Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press (1993): pp. 149-71.

            An examination of perception in Polanski’s Tess.


Sinyard, Neil.  Filming Literature: The Art of Screen Adaptation.  Beckenham, UK:  Croom Helm (1986).

            Contains a chapter on film adaptations of Hardy.


Veidemanis, Gladys V.  “Tess of the D’Urbervilles: What the Film Left Out.”   English Journal 77.7 (1988):  pp. 53-7.


Waldman, Nell Kozak.  “‘All That She Is’: Hardy’s Tess and Polanski’s.”  Queen’s Quarterly 88.3 (1981): pp.  429-36.


Wexman, Virginia Wright.  Roman Polanski.  Boston: Twayne (1985).


Widdowson, Peter.  Hardy in History: A Study in Literary Sociology.  London and New York: Routledge (1989).

            Contains a chapter on film and television adaptations of Hardy.


__________.  “Obscuring Jude the Obscure.”  Critical Survey 9.1 (1997): 96-103.

            A critical assessment of Michael Winterbottom’s Jude.


Wright, T. R., ed.  Thomas Hardy on Screen.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2005).

A collection of essays on adaptations of Hardy in film and literature.  Contributors include Roger Webster, Simon Gatrell, Peter Widdowson, Judith Mitchell, Keith Wilson, Rosemarie Morgan, Dale Kramer, Richard Nemesvari, and the late Robert Schweik.


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