‘Crazy for books’: How Thomas Hardy understood the transformative power of reading

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The English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy may be overshadowed in schools today by writers such as Shakespeare, Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling.

  • Angelique Richardson
  • The Conversation

But in times of widespread education cuts it is worth remembering what he had to teach us about access to education – and his belief in the power of books to change lives.

Aristof 7gWriting in the American symposium-based journal Forum in 1888, Hardy outlined the benefits of reading as “alleviating the effects of over-work” but, more importantly, as “getting good”, which he defined as…

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