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Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was one of the most accomplished poets and novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hardy's career spanned generations, his first novels appearing at the same time as Middlemarch and his late poems arising during the high modernist period. While primarily celebrated as a novelist during his own time, Hardy considered himself first and foremost a poet, and his poetry has been duly celebrated in recent years. His most successful and admired novels depicted Wessex county, a fictional rural area set in the southwest of England&#59; his poetry is notable for its deeply philosophical pessimism and its simultaneously self-reflexive and autobiographical nature.