Barbara Hardy

Born and brought up in Swansea, I was educated in Terrace Road School, Swansea High School for Girls, and University College London. I am a fellow of the British Academy, Welsh Academy, Royal Society of Literature, Birkbeck College, University College, University of Swansea, University of Wales, and Swansea Metropolitan University, Honorary Member of the Modern Languages association and have Hon. Doctorate from the Open University, for which I was proud to be one of the first examiners. I have written literary criticism, marked by close readings of fiction, discussion of life-narrative, lyric, Shakespeare, Victorian fiction, twentieth-century fiction and poetry. My first book George Eliot: A Study in Form (1959; Rose Mary Crawshay Prize) arguing the case for George Eliot’s art, is still in print. I have published three collections of poetry: Severn Bridge (Shoestring), The Yellow Carpet (Shoestring), and Dante’s Ghosts (Paekakariki), a memoir, Swansea Girl (Peter Owen and Seren), a novel, London Lovers (Sagittarius Prize), and short stories, Dorothea’s Daughters and Other Nineteenth-century Postscripts. Publications include an anthology of Poetry, London Rivers, (with Kate Hardy), edited collections of essays, novels for Everyman and Penguin, academic articles and reviews in most important academic and popular UK journals, including TLS, TES, THES, Spectator, New Statesman, Vogue and Daily Telegraph. More information of my career can be found in the Festschrift, Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy, Legenda, 2013, ed. William Baker with Isobel Armstrong. Bloomsbury Academic have just re-published or will shortly re-publish three early books, Middlemarch: Collected Essays, The Advantage of Lyric,and Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination.