see also the Literary Map
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)
Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
Tess of the D'Urbevilles (1891)
Jude the Obscure (1896)
Hardy's fiction and poetry is firmly fixed in landscape with which he
was most familiar - Dorset and environs - having been born at Bockhampton
in Dorset, and practised as an architect locally. He renamed places with
which he was familiar but sometimes retained the names of larger settlements
(Southampton, Portsmouth). Note that real names and fictitous names are
distinguished by different type faces.
The Map of Hardy's
Wessex from the Macmillan edition of Under the Greenwood Tree
, London 1929, measuring 14 x 10cms and here hugely enlarged to show detail
and cartographic skills. Designer anonymous.
Robert Gittings, The Young Hardy , Penguin Harmondsworth
Peter Widdowson, Hardy in History, Routledge, London
The Thomas Hardy
Society issues a series of pamphlets that propose walks around the Dorset
landscape with Hardy's texts in mind, eg The Country of The Mayor
of Casterbridge , Dorchester 1974.
Visit also the Dorset
County Museum for the Hardy display and that of William Barnes.