LIT­ER­ARY CON­NEC­TIONS

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An­other high­light of this mu­seum, mean­while, is the Lit­er­ary Gallery. Aside from the odd­ity of the Dorset Ooser (a folk fig­ure, half-man and half-bull), this gives par­tic­u­lar promi­nence to the ru­ral poet and school­teacher Wil­liam Barnes and the man he men­tored, poet and nov­el­ist Thomas Hardy, whose two houses are on the edges of Dorch­ester. Some of Hardy’s orig­i­nal manuscripts are on dis­play, and there is a recre­ation of his en­tire study from his house Max Gate. Other lit­er­ary lu­mi­nar­ies cel­e­brated here in­clude John Cow­per Powys and Sylvia Townsend Warner and the au­thor of the early thriller Moon­fleet, John Meade Falkner.

What­ever ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments lie ahead, this is al­ready a very sat­is­fy­ing mu­seum, well worth a few hours of your time on the way to the beach at Wey­mouth, Char­mouth or Lyme!

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