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Thomas Hardy - 'Born Bookworm'? by Dr Jonathan Memel
The 2021 Thomas Hardy Birthday Weekend Lecture
Saturday 5th June, 3.30pm
The Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR
Thomas Hardy', ink drawing by Harry Furniss, 1923, copyright of National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 3464); licenced for non-commercial use (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
In his autobiography, Thomas Hardy remembers himself as an ‘apt pupil who galloped unconcernedly over the ordinary school’ and a ‘born bookworm’ who learnt to read ‘almost before he could walk’. Yet in Hardy’s fiction education is frequently a source of despair and alienation. This talk examines such contrasting accounts by situating Hardy’s writing within late-Victorian debates about the purpose of education.
Tickets £8 THS Members; £10 Non-Members