Come and see the beautiful landscapes that inspired Thomas Hardy. He did not want change to intrude on his beloved Dorset, and to a great extent, it hasn’t. People in Dorset have told me that even most English people have not experienced this wild and quaint place, because they pass through it to the softer holiday spots in Devon and Cornwall.
Yet Dorset’s landscape was the perfect background for Hardy’s tales of superstition and passion. And none of his novels is as passionate as Tess of the D’Urbervilles. We will explore Tess on location from May 26-June 1, 2013 (with first and last nights in London).
I have taken three Hardy pilgrimages in the last four years. And still I would go back to see the cottages, villages, churches, and lush landscapes I have always found in Hardy – my favourite writer.
My Ph.D. thesis was on Victorian fiction, and it included one of Hardy’s works, Jude the Obscure. I would love to show others the discoveries I have made in Hardy country and the almost mediaeval way of life Hardy’s characters lived, and which he feared would be lost forever.
It has not been altogether lost.
Read more about Thomas Hardy’s Dorset, Tess of the D’Urbervilles. And then come and see for yourself.