English poet and regional novelist, who depicted the county “Wessex,” named after the ancient kingdom of Alfred the Great. Hardy’s career as writer spanned over fifty years. His earliest books appeared when Anthony Trollope (1815-82) wrote his Palliser series, and he published poetry in the decade of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Hardy’s work reflected his stoical pessimism and sense of tragedy in human life.
Thomas Hardy’s own life wasn’t similar to his stories. He was born in the village of Higher Bockhampton, on the edge of Puddletown Heath. His father was a master mason and building contractor. With a certain pride the author once said, that although his ancestors never rose above the level of a master-mason, they never sunk below it. Hardy’s mother, whose tastes included Latin poets and French romances, provided for his education. After schooling in Dorchester, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect.
While working in an office, which specialized in restoration of churches… read more