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BBC News – Thomas Hardy bedrooms open for first time at Max Gate, Dorchester

BBC News – Thomas Hardy bedrooms open for first time at Max Gate, Dorchester Thomas Hardy died in the room, which had been kept private because it was still lived in The room where Thomas Hardy finished writing The Mayor of Casterbridge has opened to the public. The study-turned-bedroom at Max Gate in Dorchester, where the author died, was kept private when the National Trust opened the house to the public in 2011. Visitors can…

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Romance, gender, and the measure of a ‘real book’

Romance, gender, and the measure of a ‘real book’ “Why would you waste your talent on writing … that?” Most romance authors have gotten a similar question. (This one came many years ago from a dear friend who has since taken it back, and not because there were threats involved. I swear.) University professors Joanna Gregson and Jen Lois dived into the romance-reading and writing culture a few years back, eager to explore the sociological…

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