Thomas hardy is second only to charles dickens as the most read and most discussed writer of the victorian era new books and articles appear on his life and work each year with no signs of abating. Thomas hardy remains one of the great novelists of the victorian era, known for his many novels, short stories and poems, especially tess of the d'urbervilles and jude the obscure living from 1840 until 1928, hardy witnessed almost all of the significant social, religious and political. Thomas hardy om (2 june 1840 - 11 january 1928) was an english novelist and poet a victorian realist in the tradition of george eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by romanticism, especially william wordsworth. Also by way of introduction to the poetry of thomas hardy, the english composer edward elgar and hardy share the same birthday, 2 nd june, 1840 both were country lads and both contributed greatly in giving us an idea of what life was like in the late nineteenth century. Introduction hardy's conception of human life was shaped in part by his extensive critical reading of the bible, study of ancient tragedy, contemporary philosophical and scientific works, and in part by his rural environment.
Students of literature will find a new selection of critical essays focusing on hardy and his works, complete with an introduction from master scholar harold bloom, a bibliography, a chronology of hardy's life, and an index for easy reference. Thomas hardy was born on 2 june 1840 in the village of higher [upper] bockhampton in stinsford parish near the town of dorchester in dorset county, england, the first of four children born to jemima nee hand (1814-1904) and thomas hardy sr (1811-1892), builder and stonemason his birthplace, built by his great grandfather, is now a museum. Thomas hardy was born in higher bockhampton, dorset - and the fictitious wessex where he sets most of his novels is clearly inspired by south-west england son of a stonemason, and trained as an architect, he wrote in his spare time until the success of far from the madding crowd (1874.
The mayor of casterbridge (1886) happiness is but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain probably hardy's greatest work, the mayor of casterbridge is the tragic story of michael henchard, a man who rises to civic prominence but is haunted by his past. We have it on his [hardy's] own assurance that the wessex of the novels and poems is practically identical with the wessex of history, and includes the counties of berkshire, wilts[hire], somerset, hampshire, dorset, and devon — either wholly or in part. Tess of the d'urbervilles, novel by thomas hardy, first published serially in bowdlerized form in the graphic (july—december 1891) and in its entirety in book form (three volumes) the same year it was subtitled a pure woman faithfully presented because hardy felt that its heroine was a virtuous victim of a rigid victorian moral code.
If you enjoyed this whistle-stop tour of hardy's best fiction, take a look at these interesting facts about thomas hardy's life and our discussion of his classic poem 'during wind and rain' you might also enjoy our pick of joseph conrad's best novels and dickens's best novels. The thomas hardy journal for a critical biography so largely concerned with hardy's reading, paul turner has proved an excellent choice he brings to his task an intimate familiarity with the classical texts to which hardy's imagination recurred.
Introduction soon after he completed tess of the d'urbervilles in 1891, thomas hardy wrote of the novel's heroine, tess durbeyfield, i lost my heart to her as i went on with her history. Thomas hardy was born in higher bockhampton, dorset, england on june 2, 1840, the eldest son of thomas hardy and jemima (hand) hardy his father was a stonemason and builder his mother passed on her love of reading and books to her son. Introduction thomas hardy (b 1840-d 1928) was born in higher bockhampton, dorset, the son of a builder after an education at his local school and in dorchester, at the age of sixteen hardy was apprenticed to a local architect, although he always maintained his literary studies. Thomas hardy actually didn't consider himself much of a novelist, even though he is now super famous for his novelsinstead, hardy thought of himself as a poet who just wrote novels on the side to make some cash.
Introduction the following study introduces thomas hardy and investigates through his personal life in order to find a clue for better interpretation of his poetry at the end i will discuss and analyze a poem as an example and will sum up about his poetry in the conclusion. Thomas hardy's fourth novel, far from the madding crowd, is a classic portrayal of 19th-century rural english life it is the story of gabriel oak, a would-be shepherd, who falls for bathsheba everdene, a vain young woman, who comes to live with her aunt and uncle in the country. In this marvelous work by thomas hardy the reader is taken into the quaint town of casterbridge england and into the lives, minds, hearts and in some cases even the very souls of a few of it's inhabitants.