The privacy of Thomas Hardy was jealously guarded, and increasingly so during the final decades. It was entirely to be expected: much as he enjoyed social life, dinner parties, conversations among friends, and the chances to encourage younger writers, still, he was ageing; he did not always feel well; he had his own work to do; and there was the continual sorting through the detritus of a lifetime, the discarding of what was no longer wanted. He needed more time to lock himself away from a prying public than even four score and upward might allow.


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    Carl J. Weber, Hardy of Wessex, His Life and Literary Career (1940; repr. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1962; London: Routledge, 1965) p. 170.Google Scholar
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    Quoted by J. O. Bailey, The Poetry of Thomas Hardy: A Handbook and Commentary (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1970) p. 24.Google Scholar
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    Clive Holland, Thomas Hardy, O. M., The Man, His Works, and the Land of Wessex (London: Herbert Jenkins, 1933) p. 179.Google Scholar

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