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Thomas Hardy

(1840-1928)

English Author
The nostalgy of anachronic provincial life

By 1885 the Hardys had settled near Dorchester at Max gate

The mother of Thomas Hardy, an afficionado of Latin poets and French romances, is probably at the origin of his impressive writer's career.

His father was a master mason and contractor.

Moving to London for five years at the age of twenty-two, Hardy wrote there unsuccessful poems dedicated to the rural life he had left behind in his native Dorset.

Attracted by the positivism of Charles Darwin , Herbert Spencer, and John Stuart Mills, he attended also Shakespeare's plays, enjoyed the opera, and went to evening classes in French at King's College

Back to his native Upper Bockhampton, and strongly supported by Emma Lavinia Gifford, literature became progressively his true vocation when his friend George Meredith advised him to write a novel.

Far From The Madding Crowd (1874) was his first success.


Hardy's writing were conflicting with the Victorian morality of his time. So was Tess of the d'Uberville, and more particularly Jude The Obscure (1895). Bitterly disappointed, Hardy turned to writing poems again at his house of Max Gate near Dorchester, where the Hardy had setlled in 1885 and would remain for the rest of their lives. Late in his life, Hardy was granted the Order of Merit by King George V. He was in his seventies when he received the golden medal of the Royal Society of Literature, after he had taken the presidency of Society of Authors.

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Hardy's career as writer spanned over fifty years
He was qualified as "degenerate" on both sides of the Atlantic for his Tess Of The d'Uberville

TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (1891) was turned to a film named Tess and directed by Roman Polansky in 1980.

The novel was conflicting with the prude Victorian morality surrounding the times of Hardy.

Tess, an humble village girl, seduced by the wealthy Alec D'Uberville, became pregnant, but eventually lost her child in early infancy. Having married later a clergyman's son, Angel Clare, the "immoral" part is when Angel flies away to Brazil after Tess unveils her past, and comes back repenting to find Tess living with Alec again. Tess kills Alec in desperation, is arrested and hanged

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy