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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

The Heart of Thomas Hardy

Griff Rhys Jones tells Serena Davies why Thomas Hardy’s novels make better TV adaptations than Jane Austen’s. Griff Rhys Jones’s upcoming documentary on the writer Thomas Hardy begins with the startling image of a dead man about to have his heart cut out. Hardy wanted to be buried in his beloved Dorset where he had lived much of his life, but the establishment had other plans for the highest-earning author of his day. So, as a compromise, when Hardy died in 1928, his heart went to the churchyard of his birthplace, the Dorset village of Stinsford, and the rest of his body went to Westminster Abbey, carried by pallbearers who included the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

READ MORE - Source: Telegraph 3rd September 2008

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