Thomas Hardy


Born
in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, England
June 02, 1840

Died
January 11, 1928

Genre

Influences


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 fascination 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 chos ...more

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

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The Return of the Native

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The Woodlanders

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Under the Greenwood Tree

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A Pair of Blue Eyes

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3.77 avg rating — 6,869 ratings — published 1873 — 663 editions
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The Hand of Ethelberta

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3.64 avg rating — 3,299 ratings — published 1876 — 321 editions
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