Edited by Purdy, R. L. and Millgate, M., Volumes I-III, published 1978-1982, Oxford, Clarendon Press (3)
Provenance: The Derek Mills Library, A Collection of Thomas Hardy and Dorset Books
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Born in Poole in 1930, Derek’s interest in Thomas Hardy was evident in his later schoolwork, and formed a significant part of his higher education at Westminster College. His final dissertation was based on Hardy’s life and works, and contributed to Derek attaining the qualifications that saw him follow his father into the teaching profession.
In 1963 Derek was appointed as an English teacher at the newly built Secondary Modern School in Cranborne, Dorset. He and his family settled in Cranborne, and it remained his home for the rest of his life. In 1971 he took the position of librarian at Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne, Dorset.
Derek served as Publications Manager for The Hardy Society for a number of years in the 1980’s. He provided Hardy enthusiasts throughout the world with publications, information and advice. Upon retirement from teaching he entered local politics, serving as Parish Councillor, District Councillor, and as Chairman of East Dorset District Council in the 1990’s.
Derek’s other passion was for the county of Dorset. He was a life member of The Society of Dorset Men, a member of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society, and a founding member of the Cranborne History Society. He collected a large library of books on all aspects of Dorset.
His family are delighted and grateful that Dukes Auctioneers are providing the opportunity for others to own and enjoy their father’s cherished books.