Hardy's World
Thomas Hardy's Life

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1840

1848

1849

  • Hardy transfers to school in Dorchester.
  • He learns Latin, plays fiddle for dances and weddings.

1856-61

  • Hardy is articled to John Hicks, a Dorchester architect.
  • He meets Horace Moule, who helps him study Greek and write poetry.
  • He witnesses a woman's public execution, an episode which later figures in the ending of Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

1862-7

  • Hardy moves to London to work as an architect.
  • While in London, he becomes involved with the city's cultural life, but is disenchanted with society and rigid class structure.
  • He also reads widely in modern poets and writes poetry, but is rejected by publishers.

1867

  • In ill health, Hardy returns to Dorset to work for Hicks.
  • He begins The Poor Man and the Lady, but the novel is rejected by publishers.

1869

  • Hardy works for architect G. R. Crickmay.

1870

1871

1872

1873

  • A Pair of Blue Eyes is published.
  • Hardy is invited to write a serial for Cornhill magazine.
  • While working in Higher Bockhampton, he begins Far From the Madding Crowd.

1874

1875

  • The Hardys move to London, Swanage and Yeovil in the same year.

1876

1878

1880

  • The Trumpet Major is published.
  • Hardy falls seriously ill, forcing him to dictate A Laodicean to his wife.

1881

  • A Laodicean is published.
  • The Hardys move to Wimborne Minster.

1882

1883

  • The Hardys move to Dorchester.

1885

  • Hardy and Emma Move into their own home, Max Gate.

1886

1887

  • The Woodlanders is published.
  • Hardy takes a tour of Italy.
  • He also visits the graves of Shelley and Keats.

1888

1889

  • Conflicts with editors force Hardy to Bowdlerize the text of Tess.

1890

1891

1892

  • The Well-Beloved is published serially.
  • Hardy's father dies on July 20.
  • Hardy's marriage begins to become difficult.

1893

  • Hardy meets Florence Henniker in Dublin.

1894

1895

  • Jude the Obscure is published.
  • The novel receives harsh criticism prompting Hardy to give up novel writing

1897

  • The Well Beloved , which was written prior to Jude is published
  • Hardy visits Switzerland and the West Country.

1898

1899

1901

1904

  • Hardy's mother dies on April 3.
  • The first part of his epic, The Dynasts is published.

1907

1908

1909

  • Time's Laughingstocks is published.
  • Hardy accepts governorship of the Dorchester Grammar School and presidency of the Society of Authors.

1910

  • Hardy is presented with the Order of Merit.

1912

  • Emma Hardy dies suddenly on November 27.
  • The Wessex novels are published.

1913

1914

1915

  • Hardy's sister Mary dies.

1917

  • Moments of Vision is published.
  • Hardy begins to become reclusive, but starts work on The Life with Florence.

1922

1923

  • The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall is published.
  • Hardy entertains the Prince of Wales at Max Gate.

1925

1926

  • Hardy entertains Virginia Woolf at Max Gate.
  • His dog 'Wessex' dies.
  • Hardy pays a final visit to Higher Bockhampton.

1927

  • Hardy makes his final public appearance with an address at the Dorchester Grammar School stone-laying.
  • He becomes ill in December.

1928

  • Hardy dies at the age of 87 on January 10.
  • His heart is buried in Stinsford Churchyard, while his remains rest in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey.
  • His final volume of poetry, Winter Words is published posthumously.