Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy

- Born in 1840 in the English village of Higher Bockhampton in the county of Dorset-Father a stonemason and a fiddler, mother had the most influence on his life-Architectural apprentice in London, spent time in London each year of his life up to his -William Barnes, a dialect poet, was a friend and mentor-From 1898 until 1928 he published eight volumes of poetry, one thousand poems were published in his lifetime-Wife, Emma, died on November 27, 1912-Hardy died in 1928, in the house he built for himself and Emma in Dorchester


Some of his most famous works include:-The Shadow on the Stone-The Dynasts-Drummer Hodge-In Time of 'The Breaking of Nations'-Tess of the D'Urbervilles-Jude the Obscure


In his younger years, Hardy was inspired by his home county Dorset, which had remained virtually unchanged for over one hundred years. He also found inspiration in the antiant structure of Stonehenge. William Barnes, his mentor and his hero, had a monumental influence on Hardy, Hardy even considered himself Barnes' successor. In later years his inspiration came from darker sources; his wife's death and his failing health.


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