Thursday, May 6, 2010
Hardy went on to produce highly successful novels such as The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D'urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure. Following harsh reviews of the latter two novels, Hardy gave up writing novels to focus entirely on poetry. He produced a number of poetry collections, though his poetry is not as popular as his novels.
In 1880, Hardy published The Trumpet-Major, a novel that describes Anne Garland and her three suitors and takes place in Hardy's Wessex county. Against the background of war, Hardy describes early 19th century rural life in Napoleonic England.
Info on Thomas Hardy obtained from Thomas Hardy: A Biography Revisted (2004) by Michael Millgate.