Hardy’s neutral tones

An LRB podcast with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

Thomas Hardy

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Thomas Hardy, late-blooming 20th-century poet, through the lens of the pieces written about him in the LRB archive.

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Further reading in the LRB:

Donald Davie on Hardy as ‘great modern poet’ (1983)

Hugh Haughton on Hardy’s Life, and Hardy’s real life (1985)

Dinah Birch on Emma and Florence Hardy (1996)

Patrick McGuinness on Donald Davie on Thomas Hardy (2000)

Tim Parks returns to The Return of the Native (2014)

James Wood reviews Thomas Hardy: Half A Londoner by Mark Ford (2017)

Other episodes in the series:

Auden Anxieties

Looking at Larkin

Arch Bishop

The Idea of Stevie


Uneven Stevens


Heaney Overheard

Lowell Studies