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Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy was born in June the 2nd in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton, a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England; and died in January the 11th in 1928 due pleurisy in December 1927. He was an English novelist, poet and a Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot; he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. Charles Dickens was another important influence, he was highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society. As Hardy's family lacked the means for a university education, his formal education ended at the age of sixteen when he became apprenticed to James Hicks, a local architect. He enrolled as a student at King's College, London and he won prizes from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architectural Association. In 1870 while on an architectural mission to restore the parish church of St Juliot in Cornwall, Hardy met and fell in love with Emma Lavinia Gifford, whom he married in 1874. Her death in 1912 had a traumatic effect on him. On a trip to Cornwall to revisit places linked with their courtship, and his Poems 1912–13 reflect upon her death. In 1914, Hardy married his secretary Florence Emily Dugdale, who was 39 years his junior. However, he remained preoccupied with his first wife's death and tried to overcome his remorse by writing poetry. Novels

His first collection was published until 1898, and he gained fame as the author of novels, including Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge(1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). Most of his fictional works – initially published as serials in magazines – were set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex. He based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Hardy's first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, finished by...