Hardy: up close and personal

THOMAS HARDY: THE TIME-TORN MAN - By Claire Tomalin, Viking, €33

21st October, 2006

A fragile baby born into a working class Dorset home in June 1840 survived to become one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century and one of the great 20th century poets.

In Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man, the scale of Hardy’s achievement is depicted as especially heroic, considering he faced rigid class barriers and had no intellectual support network. According to biographer Claire Tomalin, Hardy was lucky to have loving and attentive parents who...

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