English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.

Thomas Hardy

(1840 - 1928)

The eldest of four children growing up in Dorset in the 1840s, Thomas Hardy apprenticed to a local architect in 1856 and worked as a draftsman in London in 1862. While visiting a church in Cornwall in 1870, he met and fell in love with his future wife, immortalized in his novel A Pair of Blue Eyes as well as in the poem “Beeny Cliff”: “O the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea, / And the woman riding high above with bright hair flapping free.” Hardy published Jude the Obscure in 1895.

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Darkness endows the small and ordinary ones among mankind with poetical power.

—Thomas Hardy, 1874

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

Voices In Time

1917 | Dorchester


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It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.

—Thomas Hardy, 1874

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