Thomas Hardy: One of the greatest storytellers

Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 20:07 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

One of the greatest authors of all times, Thomas Hardy was an English novelist, poet and short story writer, whose poignant literary works have been appreciated and read through the centuries.

The writer, who was born on 2nd June 1840 in England, considered himself primarily a poet although his novels brought him widespread acclaim. His majority of works were set in the imaginary world of Wessex, a large area of south and southwest England.

The greatness of the author lies in the fact that he portrayed nature and human suffering very acutely and intensely, displaying rare observation prowess.

Most of Hardy’s works deal with the twin themes of disappointment in love and life and mankind`s long struggle against indifference to human suffering.

Despite being criticised for being a pessimist, Hardy became a celebrity by the 1900s, with several successful novels like ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’, ‘Jude the Obscure’, ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles’, ‘The Return of the Native’, ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘Far From the Maddening Crowd’ to his credit.

The author became ill with pleurisy in December 1927 and died in January 1928. We salute the great literary figure on his birthday!

Popular Books/Creations

The Poor Man and the Lady (1867, unpublished and lost)
Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
The Return of the Native (1878)
The Mayor of Caster bridge (1886)
The Woodlanders (1887)
Wessex Tales (1888, a collection of short stories)
Tess of the d`Urbervilles (1891)
Life`s Little Ironies (1894, a collection of short stories)
Jude the Obscure (1895)
Romances and Fantasies
A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873)
The Trumpet-Major (1880)
Two on a Tower (1882)
A Group of Noble Dames (1891, a collection of short stories)
The Well-Beloved (1897) (first published as a serial from 1892).
Novels of Ingenuity
Desperate Remedies (1871)
The Hand of Ethelberta (1876)
A Laodicean (1881)