Hardy’s Life and Work

  • Norman Page
Part of the Analysing Texts book series (ANATX)


Hardy had three careers — as architect, novelist and poet — and they overlapped and have a complex and interesting relationship to each other. Far from robust as a child, he received relatively little formal education. At eight years old he was sent to the village school, but soon afterwards his mother, an energetic woman ambitious for her firstborn, moved him to a school in the nearby town of Dorchester, where he would be able to study Latin under a good teacher. At sixteen he left school, and though he later suggested that it might have been possible for him to have gone to university at the age of twenty-five, that was the end of his formal education.


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