Thomas Hardy and T E Lawrence

by steve blakesley on March 11, 2011

Amazingly these two legends of writers not only lived a few miles apart , but were also Great friends, so visiting Thomas Hardy’s Cottage just outside of Dorchester is an absolute must if you are in the Area, just imagine Lawrence of Arabia walking down the path to visit his great friend , maybe even going for a pint or two in the local Pub, what conversations they must have had, the only thing to say is mouth watering.

I wonder if they inspired each other, something we will never know , but just thinking about it is awesome, it was at the cottage that Hardy wrote Under The Greenwood in 1872 and far from The Madding Crowd in 1874, Thomas Hardy was a distant relative of Thomas Masterman Hardy who’s monument is not to far from the cottage, and who was Captain of the Victory at Trafalger.

http://www.dorchesterdorset.com/hardy-cottage.php

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