The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, 1892-1928

  • Title: The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, 1892-1928
  • Author: Florence Emily Hardy
  • ISBN: 9781139060769
  • Page: 116
  • Format: ebook
  • The Later Years of Thomas Hardy The great English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy worked with his second wife Florence on this account of his life It was published under her name in two separate volumes after his death
    The great English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy 1840 1928 worked with his second wife, Florence, on this account of his life It was published under her name, in two separate volumes, after his death Its origins are as fascinating as the man himself written in the third person, it was compiled from Hardy s selections from his diaries, notebooks and letters, typed up bThe great English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy 1840 1928 worked with his second wife, Florence, on this account of his life It was published under her name, in two separate volumes, after his death Its origins are as fascinating as the man himself written in the third person, it was compiled from Hardy s selections from his diaries, notebooks and letters, typed up by Florence and further edited by her after he died The work provides an invaluable, if idiosyncratic, record of Hardy s life and complex, contradictory character This is the second volume, published in 1930 and covering the period 1892 1928 It includes the publication of Jude the Obscure 1895 and its hostile reception, Hardy s return to writing poetry, the creation of his epic drama The Dynasts 1908 , the death of Emma, his first wife, Hardy s response to World War I, and his marriage to Florence Dugdale.

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    About Florence Emily Hardy


    1. Florence Emily Hardy, n e Dugdale, was a writer of children s stories and the second wife and, later, biographer of Thomas Hardy.Florence was the daughter of school headmaster Edward Dugdale She attended National Infants School in Enfield for two years until 1886, when she went to St Andrew s Girls School At the age of 20 her parents paid ninepence a week for her to study at the Higher Grades School.From 1895 onwards Florence s life would be centred around her teaching She began training at St Andrew s Girls School, where she and her sister Ethel received prizes from the Diocesan Board of Education for Religious Knowledge and a proficiency in secular subjects In 1897 she became a fully qualified teacher at St Andrew s her father s school.Florence first met Thomas Hardy in 1905, aged 26 She became his passionate friend and helper, and eventually stopped teaching in 1908 both to assist Hardy and begin her writing career In 1912 she published her first book The Book of Baby Birds with Hardy s contribution In the same year, Hardy s wife Emma died, and she moved into Max Gate in 1913 In 1914 they married at St Andrew s Church, Enfield, despite the 39 year age difference.During the marriage Florence found herself increasingly in the shadow of Emma whom, ironically, Thomas had neglected whilst she was alive Thomas frantic and subdued love poetry obviously written with Emma in mind was a cause of embarrassment and misery for Florence Nevertheless, in 1928, when Hardy finally died aged 87, she was so stricken with grief that a doctor was required.Florence died of cancer aged 58 She was cremated in Woking, and her ashes were buried at Stinsford Church.


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