Thomas Hardy was born on the June 2, 1840, at Higher Bockhampton. He was a famous British novelist, poet and short story writer.
Biography and Career :
He attended the village school at Bockhampton and then went to school at Dorchester. This period he started learning Latin, French and German.
The following years he met John Hicks and Horace Moule. He read Darwin's "Origin of Species". Between1862-1867 he read Spences, Huxely, Shelley, Browning, Scott and Swinburne.
In 1870 he returned to Higher Bockhampton to assist Hicks at Dorchester. He began his first novel. Meantime, Hicks died and Thomas Hardy met his future wife, Emma Lavinia Gifford.
The novel that established Hardy's reputation was: "Far from the Madding Crowd"(1874).
Thomas Hardy published his first vo
lume of poetry in 1898 : Wessex Poems. It took about 30 years to write the entire volume. He said poetry was his first love and his poetry has been applauded by many people.
Thomas Hardy ended his life on the 11th of January, 1928. His ashes were laid in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey.
Other novels are :
- "The Return of the Native"(1878),
- "The Trumpet Major"(1880),
- "The Mayor of Casterbridge" (1886),
- "The Woodlanders" (1887),
- "Wessex Tales" (1888),
- "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1891),
- "Jude the Obscure" (1896),
- "Wessex Poems" (1898),
- "Poems of the Past and Present"(1902),
- "A Changed Man and Oteur Tales" (1913),
- "Satires of Circumstance" (1914),
- "Moment of Vision" (1917),
- "Late Lyrics and Earlier" (1922)
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