Haydn Gwynne reads from Claire Tomalin's biography of the great Victorian novelist, abridged by Doreen Estall.

0120061023Hardy rose from uncertain and humble beginnings.
0220061024Hardy is captivated by Emma Gifford 
0320061025By the 1880s, success brought Hardy financial stability and social standing.
0420061026The death of Hardy's wife Emma inspires a series of elegiac poems.
05 LAST20061027Hardy approaches his last years with a simplicity and serenity.

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