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Season 1 Episode 856637

Early 20th Century English Writers

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 2009 on BBC
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Early 20th Century English Writers
Taking in the rolling fields and hills of Dorset, in which Thomas Hardy set tales of passion and escape, learn how a writer's favorite landscape can be as vital as the characters that populate it. Hardy turned Dorset into Wessex, a space that contrasted the wild and untamed elements with the ordered, disciplined ones. Dylan Thomas retreated to a village in Wales to write, and this picturesque setting inspired some of his greatest works. Lastly, visit a timeless town in Cornwall, first encountered by Daphne du Maurier in the 1920s, which provided the setting for her famous book 'The Birds' – later made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock.moreless

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