A Laodicean A Story of Today by Thomas Hardy


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This is a wonderful collectible hardcover. 1977 Heron Books. Handsome edition has gold gilt lettering and filigree accents on green boards. It is very clean and unmarked inside. Illustrated maps inside front and back endpapers. Attached ribbon bookmark. Binding is tight and straight. Over all this is a fine to like new hardcover collectible.

This novel was first published in 1880 in Harper's New Monthly Magazine. When a young girl, Paula, inherits a medieval castle from her industrialist father, she hires two architects, one local and one, George Somerset, who is newly qualified from London. Somerset represents modernity in the novel. In the local village there is a photographer, William, who is the illegitimate son of an impoverished scion of the family, Captain De Stancy. De Stancy represents a dream of medieval nobility to Paula.
The novel progresses with a dichotomy of mind between modernity and romantic medievalism, and emphasizing the title, "a Laodicean" or someone indifferent or half-hearted. The use of "Laodicean" to mean someone lacking commitment comes from a reference in the New Testament.
This is a wonderful addition to any literary library and quite a handsome one with the gold gilt lettering.

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