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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. In his writing, he immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester, England. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At 16, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels—Tess of the DUrbervilles and Jude the Obscure—he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He died on January 11, 1928, and was buried in Poets Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy. 

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Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy 1985260026 9781985260023 Jude The Obscure
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Tess of the DUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy B0851MXVFG B0851MXVFG Tess of the DUrbervilles
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Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy 0140435387 9780140435382 Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics)
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The Woodlanders (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy 0140435476 9780140435474 The Woodlanders (Penguin Classics)
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The Mayor Of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy B007232WV8 B007232WV8 The Mayor Of Casterbridge
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Tess of the DUrbervilles (Everymans Library) by Thomas Hardy 0679405860 9780679405863 Tess of the DUrbervilles (Everymans Library)
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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy 179685073X 9781796850734 The Mayor of Casterbridge
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The Woodlanders (Oxford Worlds Classics) by Thomas Hardy 0199538530 9780199538539 The Woodlanders (Oxford Worlds Classics)
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Two on a Tower (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy 0140435360 9780140435368 Two on a Tower (Penguin Classics)
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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 1515191516 9781515191513 Far from the Madding Crowd
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The Hand of Ethelberta (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy 0140435026 9780140435023 The Hand of Ethelberta (Penguin Classics)
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Jude the Obscure (Wordsworth Classics) by Thomas Hardy 1853262617 9781853262616 Jude the Obscure (Wordsworth Classics)
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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 194564446X 9781945644467 Far from the Madding Crowd
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Jude the Obscure (Norton Critical Editions) by Thomas Hardy 0393937526 9780393937527 Jude the Obscure (Norton Critical Editions)
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Wessex Tales (Wordsworth Classics) by Thomas Hardy 1853262692 9781853262692 Wessex Tales (Wordsworth Classics)
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Selected Poetry (Oxford Worlds Classics) by Thomas Hardy 0199538506 9780199538508 Selected Poetry (Oxford Worlds Classics)
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The Woodlanders (English Library) by Thomas Hardy 0140431454 9780140431452 The Woodlanders (English Library)
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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 1514714523 9781514714522 Far From the Madding Crowd
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