Who was Thomas Hardy?
The first thing to bear in mind about any renowned historical figure is that she or he lived a human life full of particular moments, just like yours. In the case of Hardy, in spite a of socially disadvantaged origin, he made from the moments of his life novels and poems which can shed light on our own lives.
Hardy was trained as an architect, had an unhappy marriage which ended when his wife died, then married again a woman almost 40 years younger than he. An eventful life, full of emotion, helped shape the plots and characters in his novels.
Why read every novel Hardy wrote? His better known novels are generally regarded as his masterpieces. Reading the lesser-known work can bring Hardy to life as a human being, showing him struggling, and occasionally failing, to wrestle his experience in to fictional form.