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DCM: Hardy Archive & Collection

July 16, 2013

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Dorset County Museum: Thomas Hardy Archive & Collection

Thomas Hardy is a literary figure of international importance, both seminal and transitional. The universal themes of his writing include time, love, loss, nature, place and war. Whilst chronicling the traditional culture of rural Dorset and surrounding area, he writes of the impact of new ideas, scientific discoveries, and social mobility on this previously unchanging world. Hardy questions inequality, injustice and hypocrisy and other concerns which resonate with modern readers. During his long life he wrote some fourteen novels, about one thousand poems, a great Napoleonic epic, more than fifty short stories and countless letters. The Thomas Hardy Collection at the Dorset County Museum is unique in that a substantial part was donated by Thomas Hardy, or bequeathed by his widow. The collection features many original manuscripts, including two novels, Under the Greenwood Tree, andThe Mayor of Casterbridge and his fourth book of verse, Satires of Circumstance.

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