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He has been called a naturalist, a poet, a sociologist, a topographer; his works flawlessly blend together the traditional with thHardy's cottagee modern, the pastoral with the progressive.   Thomas Hardy is perhaps the most versatile of the Victorian regional novelists—his balance of anachronistic rural settings with modern ideology illustrates his status as a brilliant “literary anthropologist.”  

Thomas Hardy is the most well renowned author to emerge out of the Southwest of England; his novels and poems are celebrated for their realistic depiction of English pastoral life. Born in Upper Bockhampton, Dorset in 1840, Thomas Hardy was locally educated and soon rose to prominence as an internationally recognized author and poet. Hardy is such a distinguished regional writer because he is as much an anthropologist and a naturalist as he is an artist—his works painstakingly depict the natural landscape and rustic inhabitants of 19th century Dorset. More...

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