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Anniversary Of Thomas Hardy's Death

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10:25am 11th January 2014

The life of Dorchester's most famous poet is being celebrated today (Saturday 11th January).

Thomas Hardy, who's famous for his novels like Far from the Madding Crowd, died 86 years ago.

A special memorial is taking place at Westminster Abbey this lunchtime to celebrate his work and life.

They'll be a short thanksgiving service of poetry and prayers in Poets' Corner and a wreath will be laid on Hardy's tomb.

FACTS ON THOMAS HARDY

Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898.

He gained fame as the author of novels, including Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886). Although he achieved early success Hardy was only recognised as a major poet in the 1950's.

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