Thomas Hardy,OM (2
June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist
and poet. A Victorian
the tradition of George
Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and
in his poetry byRomanticism,
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton (Upper Bockhampton in his day), a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England, where his father Thomas (1811-1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder. His mother Jemima (née Hand 1813-1904) was well-read, and she educated Thomas until he went to his first school at Bockhampton at age eight.