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Origins of The Trampwoman's Tragedy

GUEST,Pat 'deVerse 13 Jan 11 - 12:04 PM
GUEST,^&* 13 Jan 11 - 12:09 PM
GUEST,^&* 13 Jan 11 - 12:15 PM
RTim 13 Jan 11 - 12:39 PM
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Subject: Origins of The Trampwoman's Tragedy
From: GUEST,Pat 'deVerse
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 12:04 PM

Does anyone know the true story behind Thomas Hardy's poem 'The Trampwoman's Tragedy', excellently recorded by Phil Callery, among others?
I seem to remember it was based on a murder case in the 1830s, and concerned a woman called Mary Ann Taylor. Being a curious chap, I'd love to find out the true story.


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Subject: RE: Origins of The Trampwoman's Tragedy
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 12:09 PM

There's a reference to the possible Mary Ann Taylor origin HERE


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Subject: RE: Origins of The Trampwoman's Tragedy
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 12:15 PM

Most of his sources seem to be detailed in THIS BOOK of which GoogleBooks will show part.


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Subject: RE: Origins of The Trampwoman's Tragedy
From: RTim
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 12:39 PM

The tune was written by Tim Laycock, on a bus!!
While riding to a gig somewhere in the south of England.
I love this song, but it is so long and complex I don't think I could ever sing it from memory
completely.
If you like this, you should definitely read other Thomas Hardy poems, they are better than his novels.

Tim Radford


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