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Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 at the Village of Upper Bochampton. He was the child of a country stonemason. Hardy was the third Thomas of his family. His mother's maiden name was Jemima Hand and she and her husband let Hardy to have an unusually happy childhood. His early years were a seed-bed to his later creative development. His mother knew what real poverty was when she was young because she lost her father. Hardy said 'she read every book she could lay her hands on' and she grew up to be a woman of ability, judgment, and 'an energy that might have carried her to incalculable issues!' Many thought she was the dominant influence in Hardy's life but his father was a man of character also. Even though he didn't 'possess the art of enriching himself by business,' he was a fine craftsman, and a lover of music As a young child, Hardy mastered the violin learning over 100 tunes. He also sang in the Stansford Church every Sunday. It seems to be that Hardy and his parents had a good relationship. In 1867 Hardy met Tryphena Sparks who was 16 and a daughter to a family related to his. She was intelligent and made her living as a teacher. ...read more.


He was an avid reader beginning to spell out titles at the age of three. He had a remarkable memory; sometimes dressing as a parson and delivering sermons from his head. He did well at the village school and he caught the eye of Mrs. Julia Martin. She thought he was a star pupil and he became somewhat "in love" with her. His parents and her had a disagreement over the decision to move him to a school in Dorchester, the young Hardy got a "a stinging foretaste of the pain and humiliation of the Victorian class structure." At 14 he was proficient in Latin, knew Shakespeare, the Bible, and Pilgrim's Progress, which were all major works of literature. Part of Hardy's education wasn't in school. He learned how fierce the world can be. He witnessed two executions and heard tales from his father of people being burned at the stake and savage punishments. All around him people were in extreme poverty because of the poor law system. There were many skilled men that didn't have jobs. Hardy described himself as a student in The Sun on the Bookcase. During this time he was studying architecture, and since his father couldn't afford to send him to a university, he became an apprentice to John Hicks the local architect. ...read more.


Reflective poetry was mainly his meditation on someone and his love poetry has no explanation. One of his major love poems was to his wife who he lost called My Lost Prize. Hardy was not only a poet, he was also a novelist. His belief on the purpose of fiction was 'to give pleasure by gratifying the love of the uncommon human experience.' He also thought that telling a story was an important ingredient in a novel. As his popularity grew, his readers began to expect more from him. Some of his most known are Under The Greenwood Tree, The Mayor of Casterbridge, A Pair of Blue Eyes, Jude The Obscure, Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D'Ubervilles, The Hand of Ethelberta, The Trumpet Major, The Well Beloved, Two on a Tower, and his first, Desperate Remedies. His relationships with other writers were few but important. When he was with Florence Ellen Dugdale, his home was a pilgrimage to young writers like, Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves, T.E. Lawrence, and Siegfried Sassoon. But perhaps the greatest honor he ever received was when he died. His ashes were scattered in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abby next to the great Charles Dickens. It is clear that Hardy knew of lost love and experienced the surrounding hardships. Thomas Hardy was a good writer and he led a good life. ...read more.

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