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London Lit Festival 13: Thomas Hardy - Wessex Heights And London Lights: Claire Tomalin
Thomas Hardy is unique in being equally famous as a novelist and a poet.
A physically frail country boy, he set himself on a long and effortful path to achieve success. It took him to London, which he explored thoroughly and persistently.
As a result his life was divided between Dorset, where his family and his heart belonged, and the metropolis. The capital offered a world of gentlemen's clubs, dazzling literary ladies, the Season and aristocratic friends that half seduced him.
In the second of five lectures on different topics, celebrated biographer Claire Tomalin looks at this division. She considers how even in death Hardy was divided. His ashes were laid in Westminster Abbey with great pomp and celebrated pallbearers, while his heart was laid in the country churchyard of his childhood.
Claire Tomalin has worked in publishing and journalism all her life, becoming literary editor first of the New Statesman and then of the Sunday Times. She has written six highly acclaimed biographies, including Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Life. Her books have won many prizes, including the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Biography.
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Venue: Purcell Room
Phone: 0871 663 2500
→ Charing Cross 5 min walk
→ Waterloo 4 min walk