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'Moments of Vision': The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy

Fri, Oct. 28, 2016 to Fri, Feb. 24, 2017

Front cover of Hardy novel, Return of the native.

This exhibition is now closed. Please check back for updates on our upcoming exhibition Struggle and Story: Canada in Print set to open on March 20th.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is one of the few writers to have achieved equal distinction as both a novelist and a poet. He established his reputation in the Victorian period with such iconic novels as Far from the Madding CrowdThe Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the d’Urbervilles, set in the semi-fictional world of “Wessex.” In 1897, embittered by critics who branded his last two novels “distasteful” and “obscene,” Hardy abandoned prose and devoted the remaining thirty years of his life to writing poetry.  By the time of his death, he was not only the last of the great Victorian novelists but had also become one of England's most important and influential modern poets.

Drawing on the magnificent collection donated to the Fisher Library by the pre-eminent Hardy scholar and University of Toronto Professor Emeritus, Michael Millgate, this exhibition will include first editions, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera illustrating Hardy’s professional and personal life.

ISBN 978-0-7727-6120-0 (paperback), 94 pages, $20 | Ref # 7076