Thomas Hardy’s Wife “An Encyclopedia in Petticoats”

Here’s an interesting tidbit on the wife of Thomas Hardy, author of several poems and novels including Tess of the D’Urbervilles. His wife in 1900, when this article published, was Emma Gifford.

Thomas Hardy's Helpful Wife Hardy’s Helpful Wife “an encyclopedia in petticoats” Fri, Jan 26, 1900 – Page 1 · The Newton Enterprise (Newton, North Carolina) · Newspapers.com

The later years of the Hardys marriage were strained, but there’s no doubt that Emma had great influence on Thomas. Her death in 1912 was a blow and caused him great regret over his part in their unhappiness.

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