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Growing up to be a man: Thomas Hardy and masculinity

Thomas, Jane



Phillip Mallett


In July 1907, Thomas Hardy attended a dinner given by the Medico-Psychology Society (later to become the Royal College of Psychiatrists) as the guest of Peter William Macdonald, MD, medical superintendent of Dorset County Asylum and President of the Medico-Psychological Association from 1907–08. Hardy wrote to tell Florence Henniker of this ‘interesting medical dinner’ at which he was seated between ‘two bright-minded friends – Sir J. Crichton Browne, & Dr Clifford Allbutt’ – and noted something said by ‘one of the speakers’, namely that ‘all great things were done by men “who were not at ease”’ (LW: 362).


Thomas, J. (2018). Growing up to be a man: Thomas Hardy and masculinity. In P. Mallett (Ed.), The Victorian novel and masculinity (116-150). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date May 20, 2019
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 116-150
Book Title The Victorian novel and masculinity
Chapter Number 6
ISBN 978-1-137-49154-1
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