After the publication of Jude the Obscure in 1896, Thomas Hardy resolved to write no more novels. Between 1898 and his death in 1928, he published a number of books of poetry that together form one of the greatest poetic achievements of the past hundred years in the English language. Gordon Beningfield's pictures in Hardy Country succeeded spendidly in conveying the atmosphere and feeling of Hardy's Dorset as it survives today. This new selection of Hardy's poems is illustrated with many of the finest of these pictures, together with others that have been specially undertaken. The Hardy poems, both famous and unfamiliar, illuminated with Beningfield's paintings and drawings, make a beautiful and evocative introduction to the poet's work, a book to read and looked at time and again.