Can you run away from who you areyears ago michael henchard committed a terrible act in a fit of drunken rage now he has put his past behind him and become a respected member of the town of casterbridge, but behind his success lies his shameful secret and his self-destructive temperas henchards deeds gradually catch up with him, he is forced to face up to his true nature - and risks losing everything he has ever had about author: about the author thomas hardy was born on june 2, 1840, in higher bockhampton, england the eldest child of thomas and jemima, hardy studied latin, french, and architecture in school he also became an avid reader upon graduation, hardy traveled to london to work as an architects assistant under the guidance of arthur bloomfield he also began writing poetry how i built myself a house, hardys first professional article, was published in 1865 two years later, while still working in the architecture field, hardy wrote the unpublished novel the poor man and the lady during the next five years, hardy penned desperate remedies, under the greenwood tree, and a pair of blue eyes in 1873, hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time in september 1874, his first book as a full-time author, far from the madding crowd, appeared serially after publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being tess of the durbervilles, hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love hardys volumes of poetry include poems of the past and present, the dynasts: part one, two, and three, times laughingstocks, and the famous tragedy of the queen of cornwall from 1833 until his death, hardy lived in dorchester, england his house, max gate, was designed by hardy, who also supervised its construction hardy died on january 11, 1928 his ashes are buried in poets corner at westminster abbey
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