Author - Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy painted by William Strang in 1893.

Author - Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840, the son of a stonemason. After leaving school at 16 Hardy became an apprentice architect and he moved to London where he won awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects. His first love though was writing and he returned home to pursue a literary career.

In his 60+ year career Hardy wrote 15 novels, most notably Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. He also penned more than 50 short stories and has had 14 volumes of his poetry published. He died in 1928 at the ripe age of 87.

Hardy's work has influenced many younger writers, and without it we might never have heard the voices of D. H. Lawrence or Virginia Woolf. See how well you know the man and his works by playing this quiz.

Who played Bathsheba Everdene in the 1967 film version of Far from the Madding Crowd?
Julie Andrews
Julie Christie
Joan Collins
Elizabeth Taylor
Her 3 suitors were played by Alan Bates, Peter Finch and Terence Stamp
Hardy was born in 1840 in which English county?
He was born in Stinsford, just outside Dorchester
In The Mayor of Casterbridge, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for how much?
Five pounds
Five guineas
Ten pounds
Ten guineas
The Mayor of Casterbridge has the subtitle, The Life and Death of a Man of Character
What was Hardy's father's profession?
His father was also called Thomas Hardy
In Tess of the d'Urbervilles, what name does Tess give to her illegitimate son?
The full title of Tess of the d'Urbervilles is Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented
Before moving to London in 1862, Hardy trained as what?
An architect
A blacksmith
A printer
A sheep shearer
Hardy won awards from both the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architectural Association and he was tasked with excavating the graveyard of St Pancras Old Church ready for the new St Pancras train station
What is the name of the feeble-minded young man in Under the Greenwood Tree?
Thomas Leaf
Thomas Tree
Thomas Twigg
Thomas Wood
Like everyone else, he is smitten by the schoolteacher Fancy Day
In Jude the Obscure, what is Jude's surname?
Jude the Obscure was the last of Hardy's published novels
The Return of the Native begins when?
Guy Fawkes Night
Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve
The novel has some controversial themes and was regarded by many in Victorian society as sensationalist
What was the title of Hardy's first volume of poetry, published in 1898?
Essex Poems
Middlesex Poems
Sussex Poems
Wessex Poems
He set most of his work in the semi-fictional county of Wessex


Author:  Tony Rennick

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