The Leonard Lopate Show Edit this Published in The Leonard Lopate Show The Vitality of Thomas Hardy Listen 17 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe width="600" height="130" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="//www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=json/53176"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend After she met Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary that she was charmed by his "freedom, ease and vitality." Claire Tomalin's new biography is called Thomas Hardy.