Thomas Hardy was an established English novelist and poet when war broke out.
While his works typically belong to the Naturalism movement, several poems display elements of the previous Romantic and Enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural.
While he regarded himself primarily as a poet who composed novels mainly for financial gain, he became and continues to be widely regarded for his novels, such as Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd.
The bulk of his fictional works, initially published as serials in magazines, were set in the semi-fictional county of Wessex based on the Dorchester region where he grew up and explored tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances.
Hardy's poetry, first published in his fifties, has come to be as well regarded as his novels and has had a significant influence over modern English poetry, especially after The Movement poets of the s and s cited Hardy as a major figure.
His father Thomas d. His mother Jemima d. She educated Thomas until he went to his first school at Bockhampton at age eight. For several years he attended Mr. Last's Academy for Young Gentlemen in Dorchester. Here he learned Latin and demonstrated academic potential.
However, a family of Hardy's social position lacked the means for a university education, and his formal education ended at the age of sixteen when he became apprenticed to James Hicks, a local architect.
Hardy trained as an architect in Dorchester before moving to London in ; there he enrolled as a student at King's College, London.
Hardy was in charge of the excavation of the graveyard of St Pancras Old Church prior to its destruction when the Midland Railway was extended a new terminus at St Pancras. Hardy never felt at home in London.
He was acutely conscious of class divisions and his social inferiority. However, he was interested in social reform and was familiar with the works of John Stuart Mill. Five years later, concerned about his health, he returned to Dorset and decided to dedicate himself to writing.
Inwhile on an architectural mission to restore the parish church of St Juliot in Cornwall, Hardy met and fell in love with Emma Lavinia Gifford, whom he married in Although he later became estranged from his son her death in had a traumatic effect on him.
After her death, Hardy made a trip to Cornwall to revisit places linked with their courtship, and his Poems —13 reflect upon her death. InHardy married his secretary Florence Emily Dugdale, who was 39 years his junior. However, he remained preoccupied with his first wife's death and tried to overcome his remorse by writing poetry.Thomas Hardy created “Wessex”, and his short stories, like “Wessex Tales”.
Wessex is based on a real worldly environment, an area in the South West of England that in real life includes counties such as Dorset, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Devon.
To go in search of all of Hardy’s poetry, we recommend The Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (Wordsworth Poetry Library), which is excellent value for money and contains nearly 1, pages of Hardy’s poems.
Image: Thomas Hardy by William Strang, , public domain. Selected Short Stories: Thomas Hardy was born in near Dorchester in that part of England he called Wessex.
With stories sometimes from his own imagination and sometimes from local tradition, Hardy s work, like Dickens and Trollope, creates a strong sense of mood and location. Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy, written by Trevor Johnson, is the detailed journey through the life of one of England's greatest writers.
This biography describes some of the major details of his life such as his family, his education, and his major works. Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June in Higher Bockhampton (then Upper Bockhampton), a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England, where his father Thomas (–) worked as a stonemason and local builder, and married his mother Jemima (née Hand; –) in Beaminster, towards the end of One of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history, Thomas Hardy was born in in the English village of Higher Bockhampton in the county of Dorset.
He died in at Max Gate, a house he built for himself and his first wife, Emma Lavinia Gifford, in Dorchester, a few miles from his birthplace. Hardy’s youth was influenced by the musicality of his father, a.