Thomas Hardy





Thomas Hardy

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born
in Stinsford, Dorchester, Dorset, England, The United Kingdom
June 02, 1840

died
January 11, 1928

gender
male

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Thomas Hardy, OM, was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his facination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The term cliffhanger is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy's serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873. In the novel, Hardy chose to...more


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More books by Thomas Hardy…
“Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.”
Thomas Hardy, The Personal Notebooks Of Thomas Hardy

“A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”
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“Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain.”
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