Thomas Masterson Hardy

Born: Jun 02, 1840 AD
Died: 1928 AD, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Novelists, Poets

1840 - Thomas Masterson Hardy, English novelist born in Dorsetshire on the 2nd of June. He was the son of a master mason in the west of England. He went to the Bockhampton village school, then to a higher school in Dorchester, Dorset, and after that was apprenticed to the architect James Hicks.

1872 - He moved to London to work for another architect, and began writing poetry and stories. Success came with his second novel, Under the Greenwood Tree, and more novels followed.

1871 - 1873 - Hardy's first two books to be published appeared anonymously - they were Desperate Remedies, and Under the Greenwood Tree. But his third book, A Pair of Blue Eyes, appeared under his own name.

1874 - Thomas Hardy married twice,  first marriage Emma Gifford.

1896 - Jude the Obscure, was his last book, and it proved so controversial (with the Bishop of Wakefield famously burning his copy) that Hardy turned away from fiction and concentrated on poetry for the rest of his life.

1910 - He was appointed by King Edward VII as a Member of the Order of Merit - limited to the Sovereign and twenty-four other members, this is looked on as the highest British honour to recognize distinguished service in public life and the arts.

1914 -  Married Florence Dugdale, who had been his secretary.

1928 - He died on the 11th of January, his body was buried in Westminster Abbey, and his heart in Emma's grave at Stinsford in Dorset.

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