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Review: Thomas Hardy, by Claire Tomalin

Thomas Hardy's wife Emma died in November, 1912. She was just 72 and although she had not been well there was no reason to suspect that her life was in danger. Tomalin finds that this was the moment when Hardy, already acknowledged as a great novelist, became a great poet. He had already written fine poetry but now he began to produce a series of elegies that are, Tomalin thinks, among the most original ever written. [more]

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