Thomas Hardy(1840-1928), Novelist and poet
Sitter in 60 portraits
One of the last great novelists of the nineteenth century, who combined realism with a critical view of Victorian society. Hardy's writing centred on tragic characters whose lives are played out against rural landscapes, closely based on his native Dorset. He trained as an architect and wrote in his spare time until the success of Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). Other major works include The Return of the Native (1878), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), The Dynasts (1904-8) and the poetry volume, Satires of Circumstance (1914).
- Athelhampton House, Dorchester, Dorset
- Blue plaque, 172 Trinity Road, Tooting, London SW17 7HT
- Blue plaque, The Adelphi Terrace, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6BJ
- Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
- Hardy's Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset
- The Thomas Hardy Society
- Thomas Hardy in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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