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NA397012 - HARDY, T.: Far from the Madding Crowd (Abridged)

Thomas Hardy’s Life


1840 Born 2 June in Higher Brockhampton, Dorset.

1848 Attended Julia Martin’s school in Brockhampton.

1853 Studied Latin and French, and read widely during his intensive education.

1862 Travelled to London to work under architect Arthur Blomfield. Attended the International Exhibition and explored London’s cultural life by attending plays and operas, and visiting museums. Started to write poetry in earnest.

1865 How I Built My House, his first article, published.

1867 Returned to Dorset. Considered writing as a profession and wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady.

1870 Travelled to St Juliot to work on the restoration of the church and met Emma Lavinia Gifford.

1873 A Pair of Blue Eyes published. He relinquished his career in architecture to write full time.

1874 Far from the Madding Crowd appeared serially. He married Emma; after some travel, they settled in Sturminster Newton.

1878 The Return of the Native published, with great success. He began to experience life as a celebrity.

1886 The Mayor of Casterbridge published soon after he moved into Max Gate, the Dorchester house that he designed.

1888 Wessex Tales, his first collection of short stories, published.

1891 Tess of the D’Urbervilles published, causing some controversy due to the unconventional moral views it presented.

1895 The first collected edition of his works brought out by Osgood McIlvaine, the set including the first edition of Jude the Obscure.

1910 Received the Order of Merit and the Freedom of Dorchester.

1912 A ‘definitive’ edition of his works, the Wessex Edition, published.

1912 Emma died suddenly 27 November. Despite their previous estrangement, he made a pilgrimage to the sites of their early love and wrote poetry about her in the following years.

1914 Married his secretary, Florence Dugdale, 39 years his junior. World War I broke out, adding to his pessimism.

1928 Died 11 January. His ashes were buried in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, and his heart was buried in Emma’s grave. Winter Words, a poetry collection, and his autobiography both published posthumously.

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