Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928)
English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.
While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author of such novels as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: 1.-2. Cover and title page from The Well-Beloved. A Sketch of a Temperament By Thomas Hardy. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1905. 3.-4. Frontispiece “With one hand he was tightly grasping his forehead, the other hung over his knee” and cover detail from A Changed Man, The Waiting Supper and Other Tales Concluding with The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid By Thomas Hardy. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1913. 5. Poem ‘Waiting Both’ from Human Shows Far Phantasies Songs, and Trifles By Thomas Hardy. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925.