I do love a glimpse into a writer’s life: their creative space, their haven. I get a strong sense of history and connection that’s hard to articulate. Max Gate is a house in Dorchester, designed and lived in by Thomas Hardy. It was there that he wrote some of his most famous novels, including Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, as well as much of his poetry.
Two things that impressed me:
1. The house evolved over time to have three studies.
2. In the third study, the window was designed such that Hardy would have an uninterrupted view from his desk. Clever.
More Hardy to come in future, when I post about his birthplace nearby.