The success ofGreenwood Treebrought Hardy a commission to write a serialized novel,A Pair of Blue Eyes, for Tinsleys Magazine. Once more Hardy drew upon real life, and the novel mirrors his own courtship of Emma.
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Finally the Hardys moved to Dorchester, where Thomas designed their new house, Max Gate, into which they moved in . One year later Hardy publishedThe Mayor of Casterbridge, followed in byThe Woodlandersand in by one of his best works,Tess of the dUrbervilles.
For the rest of his life Hardy focussed on poetry, producing several collections, includingWes Poems.
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Emma Hardy died in November , and was buried in Stinsford churchyard. Thomas was stricken with guilt and remorse, but the result was some of his best poetry, expressing his feelings for his wife of years.
Tessprovoked interest, but his next work,Jude the Obscure, catapulted Hardy into the midst of a storm of controversy.Judeoutraged Victoria morality and was seen as an attack upon the institution of marriage. Its publication caused a rift between Thomas and Emma, who feared readers would regard it as describing their own marriage.
Max Gate, Dorchester Hardys final home, now in the care of the National Trust.
In Hardy was sent to plan a church restoration at St. Juliot in Cornwall. There he met Emma Gifford, sisterinlaw of the vicar of St.Juliot. She encouraged him in his writing, and they were married in .
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester houses a huge collection of Hardy memorabilia.
At the age of Hardy helped his ther with the architectural drawings for a restoration of Woodsford Castle. The owner, architect James Hicks, was impressed by the younger Hardys work, and took him on as an apprentice.
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A rumour has persisted since Hardys death that it is not the authors heart that was buried beside Emma. The story goes that Hardys housekeeper placed his heart on the kitchen le, where it was promptly devoured by her cat. Apparently a pigs heart was used to replace Hardys own. Truth? Fiction? We will probably never know.
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All was not gloom, however, for in Hardy remarried, to Florence Dugdale, his secretary since . Thomas Hardy died on January , at his house of Max Gate in Dorchester. He had expressed the wish to be buried beside Emma, but his wishes were only partly regarded; his body was interred in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey, and only his heart was buried in Emmas grave at Stinsford.
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Hardy was frail as a child, and did not start at the village school until he was eight years old. One year later he transferred to a new school in the county town of Dorchester.
Thomas Hardy was born at Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, on June , , where his ther worked as a master mason and builder. From his ther he gained an appreciation of music, and from his mother an appetite for learning and the delights of the countryside about his rural home.
The Hardys lived in London for a short time, then in Yeovil, then in Sturminster Newton Stourcastle, which Hardy described as idyllic. It was at Sturminster Newton that Hardy pennedReturn of the Native, one of his most enduring works.
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Hardys Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset Hardys birthplace, National Trust
Hardy later moved to London to work for prominent architect Arthur Blomfield. He began writing, but his poems were rejected by a number of publishers. Although he enjoyed life in London, Hardys health was poor, and he was forced to return to Dorset.
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Hardy published his first novel,Desperate Remediesin , to universal disinterest. But the following yearUnder the Greenwood Treebrought Hardy popular acclaim for the first time. As with most of his fictional works,Greenwood Treeincorporated real places around Dorset into the plot, including the village school of Higher Bockhampton that Hardy had first attended as a child.
Hardy followed this withFar From the Madding Crowd, set in Puddletown renamed Weatherby, near his birthplace. This novel finally netted Hardy the success that enabled him to give up his architectural practice and concentrate solely on writing.
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Stinsford Hardys heart is buried here in the grave of his first wife Emma.
f course the publicity did no harm to book sales, but readers hid the book behind plain brown wrappers, and the Bishop of Wakefield burned his copy! Hardy himself was bemused by the reaction his book caused, and he turned away from writing fiction with some disgust.
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