Lot 284: Hardy, Thomas



2015-09-16 14:06:55

Lot 284: Hardy Thomas: (1840-1928) English Novelist. A Fine A.L.S., Thomas Hardy, Two Pages, 8Vo, Max Gate, Near Dorchester, 23Rd October 1890, To Sir Henry Thompson. Hardy States That Thompson'S Note Has Been Forwarded To Him At Dorchester ('Where I Have A Little Place In Which I Do The Most Of My Writing') And Continues To Add That He Would Have Gladly Accepted His Invitation Had He Been In Town, Remarking 'The Fame Of The Octaves Has Reached My Ears Ere Now: & They Must Remain Things Of The Imagination - Like Yarrow To The Poet - To My Sorrow'. Hardy Continues To Refer To His Own Work, 'I Am Trying To Produce Something For Next Year Which Shall Please Mature Readers: & If It Should Ever Win You Good Opinion It Will Have Succeeded With The Most Valued Of Them'. With Blank Integral Leaf (Minor Traces Of Former Mounting). A Letter Of Good Content. Vg Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904) British Surgeon & Polymath. Hardy Had Consulted Thompson During An Illness Of 1880-81. The Surgeon Was A Passionate Collector Of Nanking Chinese Porcelain And Was Celebrated For His 'Octave' Dinners, As Referred To In The Present Letter, At Which Eight Diners Ate Eight Light Courses Commencing At Eight O'Clock. The Poet To Whom Yarrow Remained A Place 'Of The Imagination' Is William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English Poet Laureate 1843-50 Whose Poem Yarrow Unvisited Was Published In 1803. In The Present Letter Hardy Refers To Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Published In 1891, Which Did Indeed Please Mature Readers, Although Hardy Was Wounded By Criticism Of Its Sexual Frankness.] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £300-400
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