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Collection on Thomas Hardy and the Hardy Players
MS 216  
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This collection contains manuscripts, programs, photographs, publications, and other materials pertaining to the English novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, 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.
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.
2.94 linear feet (5 boxes)
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