Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Hardy, Thomas
was a poet by vocation and became a novelist by profession. The Wessex of his novels has made him arguably a regional novelist. As well as a prolific output in both these forms, he published a unique verse epic bringing together human and supernatural characters, short fiction, a volume for children, and two volumes of actual autobiography masquerading as a biography by his second wife. Since his career as a publishing novelist ran from the 1870s to the 1890s, and his first volume of poetry post-dated his final novel, he has been seen as a Victorian novelist but a mostly twentieth-century poet. This description, however, is not true to the facts of composition. He wrote poetry from early in his life, but did not publish it in volume form until his final novel.
She was introduced to writer Thomas Hardy
some time in 1889. They had a flirtation (both in person and by letter) which left Hardy the disappointed partner,
Leighton, Angela, and Margaret Reynolds, editors. Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology. Blackwell, 1995.
possibly after she rejected his advances in...
After her marriage, DS
became acquainted with a number of notable literary figures, including George Meredith
(who wrote the introduction to The Collected Poems of Dora Sigerson Shorter, 1907), Thomas Hardy
(who wrote the...
Bowker, Gordon. “Obituary: Cecily Mackworth”. The Independent.
Mackworth, Cecily. Out of the Black Mountains. 2006.
Frances's association with Rupert Brooke
began with the rehearsals for the play and grew into friendship. They discussed their poetry with each other, and Frances counselled and consoled Rupert in his many love affairs. She...
Raitt, Suzanne. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian. Clarendon Press, 2000.
She was delighted with Thomas Hardy
, with whom she went cycling in Dorset in...
Possibly because VC
spent so much time travelling, it is difficult to judge the extent of her social circle. She is unmentioned by many literary autobiographies of the period. Charlotte Mitchell
suggests that she may...
and Leonard travelled to Dorchester to have tea at Max Gate with Thomas
and Florence Hardy
. Woolf met Hardy just this once, though, as Hermione Lee remarks, she had been reading and writing...
visited Thomas Hardy
at his home; he requested the meeting after reading and admiring her poetry.
Monro, Alida, and Charlotte Mew. “Charlotte Mew—A Memoir”. Collected Poems of Charlotte Mew, Gerald Duckworth, 1953, p. vii - xx.