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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), Novelist and poet

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Novelist and poet; one of the last great novelists of the nineteenth century; his writing is both visionary and naturalistic, his doomed and tragic characters playing out their lives against a rural landscape, often set in his native Dorset. Among his major works are Far from the Madding Crowd, 1874, The Return of the Native, 1878, The Woodlanders, 1887, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 1891, and Jude the Obscure, 1896. Since the 1950s, the significance of his poetry has also been recognised.