The renowned English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in England. He began his literary career with The Poor Man and the Lady which was rejected by three publishers after which he wrote Desperate Remedies in 1871, followed by a humorous Under the Greenwood Tree. The outing that made Hardy famous for, is Far from the Madding Crowd released in 1874. Hardy’s great novels, including Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895), were all published during this period.
Interested in history which extended to Napoleonic Wars, Hardy wrote his epic poetical drama The Dynasts in 1908. It was the result of his real-life involvement with historical material, along with interviews with soldiers who fought in Napoleonic campaigns. He passed away on January 11, 1928.