This collection contains manuscripts,
programs, photographs, publications, and other materials pertaining to Thomas Hardy, English
novelist and poet, and the Hardy Players, a group of performers. Included are manuscripts
with programs and related material, photographs and sketches of individuals and
performances, publications regarding performances and the works of Thomas Hardy, and
correspondence. The material within the collection aims to exhibit the work of Thomas Hardy
and the Hardy Players as well as their influence on society at that time.
Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928, was an English novelist and poet best known for his novels such as
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The
Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), and Tess of the
d'Urbervilles (1891). Most of Hardy's fiction works were first published in serials
and set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex. Hardy was considered a Victorian Realist and
many of his works focused on the social constraints of life in Victorian England. The Hardy
Players were a group that performed adaptations of novels by Thomas Hardy. Members of The
Hardy Players originated from the Dramatic Section of the Old Dorchester Debating Society.
The group mainly performed in Dorchester and London, but occasionally performed where the
story was set.
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