|Famous as||Novelist & Poet|
|Born on||02 June 1840|
|Born in||Dorset, England|
|Died on||11 January 1928|
|Works & Achievements||A Pair of Blue eyes, Wessex Tales & The Return of the native; Order of Merit (1910)|
Another stunning success was the beginning of the series of Wessex Tales which was published after his second novel Far from the Madding Crowd. The novel was first published in 1874 and brought him instant success. He next wrote The Return of the native, published in 1878. Hardy moved with his wife to Max Gate, in a house designed by him where he wrote The Mayor of Casterbridge, published in 1886 followed by The Woodlanders (1887) and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891).
Hardy's first volume of poetry, Wessex Poems was published in 1898. Since then, a prodigious output of his poems was published till 1928. Originally wanted to be a poet, Hardy claimed poem as his first priority, though he could not achieve anything of distinct in this genre and it remained overshadowed by his works in prose. Hardy as a poet showed a sharp observation of his surrounding and nature and wrote poems that displayed his affection for natural world. Although like his novels, his poems also carry strain of irony of life, cruel fate and regrets.
In December 1927, Hardy fell sick with pleurisy and eventually died in January 1928. After the funeral on 16 January, his heart was buried with his first wife Emma and ashes in Poet's Corner.