Prepping for 'Tess'
Posted by Caroline on August 25, 1998 at 08:05:31:
I don't know whether anyone else is interested in this sort of stuff, but you never know........................
Thomas Hardy was a writer who used the countryside he knew to give form and colour to his novels. There's quite a cult among Hardy fans to pinpoint which village is Abbot's Cernel, which building is Tess's farm, etc. etc. There's a book which has matched up all the places in his novels with actual locations, which is kind of fun. It's got lots of photographs, justifies all the 'reasons why it must be this particular place' and gives some generic views as well. It's called
The Landscape of Thomas Hardy by Denys Kay-Robinson, and is published by Webb & Bower, 1984. ISBN is 0-86350-020-X.
There is a 'previous version', published 1972, called Hardy's Wessex Re- Appraised
So if you really want to know what "Emminster Rectory" really looked like, or whether they made a decent job of filming Tess, this is a great book!
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