Book Collection on CD. Author Biography
Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928)
Hardy was born at Higher Bockhampton, Dorset. From
his mother he received his appreciation for music and from
his mother, an appetite for learning and a love for the countryside.
Due to bad health, Thomas Hardy
did not start school until the age of eight. By sixteen he
was helping his father with architectural drawings, and was
soon to be taken on as an apprentice by James Hicks. Later
he was to be employed by Arthur Blomfield in London, in the
same line of work, and outside of work began writing poetry.
Poor health forced him to return to Dorset, and from here
he set about planning the restoration of St. Juiliot church,
in Cornwall. Hardy married the vicar’s sister-in-law
Thomas Hardy’s first
published novel was Desperate Remedies, but it was until his
second book, Under the Greenwood Tree, that he began to gain
Hardy’s wife Emma,
died in 1912, and the grief and anguish produced some of his
best poetry. Two years later he remarried to his secretary,
Thomas Hardy died on January
11th, 1928 at his home (Max Gate – now a property of
the National Trust) in Dorchester.
Literary Classics contains 560 authors, and
thousands of unabridged books.
The Thomas Hardy unabridged classic books,
included on the Literary Classics CD are:
- A PAIR OF BLUE EYES
- FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
- JUDE THE OBSCURE
- RETURN OF THE NATIVETESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
- THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE
- THE WOODLANDERS