How great to hear fom Rhonda in the USA. It is marvellous to be able to share a passion for something, Hardy’s writing, with people all over the world. My particular favourite was Far from the Madding Crowd. We studied it at school and I was instantly hooked and have been a fan ever since. Discovering his poetry was a revelation for me too. His love poems are rather tortured as he seemd unable to love what was within his reach, only when women were unobtainable (like his dead first wife) did he truly realise his feelings. I wonder if he was difficult to live with!