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Friday, June 2, 2017

Timeless, surprising changes

“No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.” – Thomas Hardy

Born on this date in 1840, Thomas Hardy was a multi-talented English writer who always sought to make his mark as a poet but is best known for his wonderful novels like Far From The Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Hardy was considered a Victorian  Realist and champion of the everyday man and woman, speaking out against suffering and injustice that he saw being endured by them. 
The author of 3 dozen books, 50 short stories      and hundreds of poems, he also penned a number of well-received dramas and was highly regarded by the theater community.  During his final years, in the 1920s, he seemed a bit surprised that many younger poets spoke of him as a mentor and role model.

“Time changes everything,” Hardy wrote (shortly before his death at age 88),  “except something within us which is always seems a bit surprised by change.”

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