An examination of the author of "Return of the Native" and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles." Includes rare archival photographs and documents.
"Famous Authors" examines the men and women behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "Thomas Hardy," viewers learn how the English novelist and poet focused on the combination of social convention and fate, as these forces conspire against people. "Jude the Obscure" and other tales concern men and women who attempt to excel in the face of adversity -- economic, environmental and romantic -- only later to acknowledge their defeat. Hardy's world was one in which cruel fates befell humans, often without reason.