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ISBN: 9780857040862
AUTHOR: Rodney Legg
Thomas Hardy's Dorset
Thomas Hardy's Dorset
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Thomas Hardy celebrated the glorious county of Dorset through his writings. Today our vision of Dorset is very much that fixed by Hardy in novels ranging from Far From the Madding Crowd and The Mayor of Casterbridge to Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. Hurriedly produced in instalments for magazines, they were then reworked by Hardy with care and finesse, and turned into world classics. He proceeded to write some of the greatest poetry in the English language.

Rodney Legg, the doyen of contemporary Dorset authors, revisits the Dorset heartland of Hardy's Wessex. He charts Thomas Hardy's life and work through the places he knew and the locations he immortalised, from his birthplace at Stinsford, to his old age at Max Gate, with Swanage, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth and Wimborne in between.

Fresh facts and anecdotes have come from Moule family papers and visits to Fordington Vicarage. They are brought together in a lively biography which will also be invaluable for those studying Hardy at school or college.

Imprint: Halsgrove ISBN 978 0 85704 086 2, hardback 230X215mm, 144 pages. Published June 2011.

More Dorset DiariesMore Dorset Diaries - £12.99
Following the considerable success of its predecessor Dorset Diaries, this companion volume by David Edelsten is certain to delight true countrymen everywhere. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Last Dorset DiariesLast Dorset Diaries - £12.99
David Edelsten, incomparable countryman, continues his acclaimed reflections on country life in prose as lucid as it is poetic. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Thomas Hardy: Behind the Inscrutable SmileThomas Hardy: Behind the Inscrutable Smile - £7.95
The purpose of this deeply insightful book by Andrew Norman is to pierce the veil of secrecy which Hardy drew deliberately over his private life. Through a careful investigation of Hardy's psychology and his writings, his novels and his poetry, and his sometimes traumatic relationships, Andrew Norman discovers the true Thomas Hardy - the man behind the inscrutable smile!
Daphne Du Maurier's CornwallDaphne Du Maurier's Cornwall - £14.99
Following on from the success of his book based on Agatha Christie’s life in Devon, Bret Hawthorne sets off in pursuit of discovering the Cornwall from which Daphne Du Maurier drew so much inspiration for her writings.
Discovering Lost DorsetDiscovering Lost Dorset - £19.99
Long before he started the predecessor of Dorset Life magazine, in 1968, author and editor Rodney Legg was hoarding the photographs of family and friends as well as taking his own pictures. This selection of 400 key shots concentrates without apology on the nostalgic. Mostly they are previously unpublished. Faces abound and many people will see themselves or their forbears.
Dorset Address BookDorset Address Book - £12.99
Chasing the light across the Dorset landscape can be very rewarding, but it also poses a considerable challenge. Patience to simply sit and wait for the ideal moment is essential – and that is what master photographer Roger Holman demonstrates again and again in the collection of superb images reproduced in this magnificent address book.
Purbeck PersonalitiesPurbeck Personalities - £12.99
Each of the personalities highlighted helped to create, in his or her unique way, the threads, of which the colourful tapestry of Purbeck is woven. In recounting their varied lives, Dorset author Andrew Norman conjours up a fascinating galaxy of personalities to illuminate the history of this most characterful corner of England.
Agatha Christie's DevonAgatha Christie's Devon - £14.99
Bret Hawthorne has created a book which fans of Agatha Christie will find adds so much to their appreciation of her writing, while for others it simply provides an exciting means of exploring the area and coming across little known gems in the Devon countryside.
Dorset Sporting RunsDorset Sporting Runs - £19.95
Huntsmen writing on hunting through the best of hunting country. Drawing on original and exhilarating accounts, Rodney Legg presents a fascinating panorama of a Dorset which remained largely unaltered well into the twentieth century.
Thomas Hardy Christmas CarollingsThomas Hardy Christmas Carollings - £6.95
This is the story of Thomas Hardy and of Christmas; of what that greatest of all Christian festivals meant to him, and of how his beliefs changed as the years progressed. A fascinating book by Andrew Norman.
 
 
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