Thomas Hardy

(1808 words)
  • Jane Thomas (University of Hull)

Thomas Hardy saw himself primarily as a poet claiming that his extraordinary novel-writing career was due to financial expediency. From 1871-1897 he wrote fourteen novels and three collections of short stories. During the second half of his writing career he published eight volumes of poetry, a further collection of short stories, two dramas and a book for children.

He was born on 2nd June 1840 in the small rural hamlet of Higher Bockhampton situated in the parish of Stinsford, Dorset. As the son of a stonemason and a servant girl, who later joined the ranks of distinguished men of letters, Hardy was acutely conscious of his humble class origins and modest education. This sensitivity to social rank and privilege …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Thomas, Jane. "Thomas Hardy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Articles on Hardy's works

  1. Far from the Madding Crowd
  2. Jude the Obscure
  3. Satires of Circumstance
  4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  5. The Mayor of Casterbridge
  6. The Return of the Native
  7. The Well-Beloved
  8. Two on a Tower
  9. Under the Greenwood Tree