Thomas Hardy’s England

Thomas Hardy’s England

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Photographic exploration of life in Dorset and neighbouring parts of England.

Thomas Hardy’s England

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Few novelists have portrayed their surroundings so faithfully as did Thomas Hardy; none has made so detailed a record of the struggles and strivings of rural society as it changed into the modern world. Small wonder that he was also attracted by the documentary world of photography, particularly as practised by the photographer Hermann Lea.

In the eccentric Hermann Lea, Hardy found more than a sympathetic camera-eye. Indeed so close did the two become that it is claimed Hardy spoke more openly about his work to Lea than to any other man. Together, on foot, by bicycle, and later by motor car, they toured Hardy's Wessex, Lea listening to the master's tales and then capturing the scenes that today so eloquently reflect the England brought to life in Hardy's works.

Years afterwards, James Stevens Cox interviewed some 500 people who had known Hardy. In the course of his research he came across Hermann Lea's widow, who granted Stevens Cox every facility to publish all Lea's work, including the magnificent prints that form the core of this book. John Fowles, a resident and lover of Dorset, was enthralled by the photographs and their unique documentary quality. He has collaborated with the historian Jo Draper to produce a fascinating interpretation of an England only a century past, and yet which now seems a millennium gone, and irretrievably lost.

Hardcover, 192pgs, richly illustrated, life and works of Hardy, index. Good except back cover and jacket damaged. .

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Short Description Photographic exploration of life in Dorset and neighbouring parts of England.
Weight (g) 862.0000
Author John Fowles & Jo Draper
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Date Published 1984
ISBN 0224029746
Size 223mm x 230mm

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