Birthday Weekend lecture given by Dr Jonathan Memel
Saturday 6th June 2020
Starts 17:00
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Edward Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2HL

The Thomas Hardy Society Birthday Weekend Lecture

'Thomas Hardy and Education' by Dr Jonathan Memel

Saturday 6th June at 5.00 pm

In his autobiography, Thomas Hardy remembers himself as an ‘apt pupil who galloped unconcernedly over the ordinary school lessons’ and a ‘born bookworm’ who learnt to read ‘almost before he could walk’. Education provided Hardy with the means to enter a profession and allowed his unmarried sisters, Mary and Kate, to live independent lives as schoolmistresses. In this talk, Dr Jonathan Godshaw Memel will show how Hardy drew on these experiences in his writing, examining his depiction of residential training colleges, universities and newly-built elementary schools in fiction and verse.


THS Members: £5 Non-members: £6

To be followed by a Buffet Supper at 6.15 pm

THS Members: £8 Non-members: £10

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