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Full name : Thomas Hardy
Alias : Thomas Hardy
Gender : Men
Country : England
Birthday : 02-06-1840
Address : England
Animals : The Rat
Zodiac : Gemini
Died : 11-01-1928
Father : Thomas
Mother : Jemima
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Wife : Emma Lavinia Gifford(1874–1912), Florence Dugdale (1914–28)
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Activists : Poets

Thomas Hardy was an English author, novelist and poet, who is mainly known for his contribution in the naturalist movement. Though he always regarded himself as a poet and claimed poems as his first love, they are not as popular as novels composed by him. Hardy's huge popularity lies in the large volume of work, together known as the Wessex stories. These novels, plotted in a semi-fictional place, Wessex outline the lives of people struggling against their passion and the adverse conditions. Most of his works reflect his stoical glumness and sense of cataclysm in human life. As both poet and author, Hardy displayed his mastery in dealing with themes of disappointment in love and life, human suffering and all-powering fate. Most of his works are set in the milieu of social tragedy, injustice and evil laws and often have a fatalistic end, with many of the characters falling prey to the unanticipated conditions. Among his most important works are novels Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native Wessex Tales and A Pair of Blue Eyes.
Thomas Hardy met his first wife Emma Lavinia 1870 in Cornwell, while still working as an architect. They married in 1874 after a long courtship. Though the marriage later became partly unhappy for unidentified reasons, her death in 1912 came as a shocking and painful experience to him. He mourned deeply and wrote poems as a tribute to her. His future works, poems set in the backdrop of Cornwall, were a reminiscence of their courtship and reflected both his remorse and love for his wife. One of such works was the Poems 1912-1913, a recollection of her death. In 1914, Hardy married for a second time. His second wife, Florence Dugdale was his previous secretary and 39 years younger to him.
There are strong suggestion that Hardy's stance on religion swayed between agnosticism and atheism. Most of his works draw heavily upon the strength on all-powering fate and question the existence of God in the times of human suffering. As an author and poet, Hardy seemingly was fascinated with fatalistic ends and expressed pessimism that was impassive, indifferent. His own life was marked by a religious view that was a mixture of philosophy and spiritualism which did not discard the existence of God, yet questioned it. Hardy rather showed an interest in writing about external supernatural forces, and fascination with ghosts and spirits. However a Church devotee, Hardy drew heavily upon the role of God in the irony and tragedy of life and human suffering.

 

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