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GB0100 KCLCA K/PP162
HARDY, Thomas (1840-1928)
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Name of creator(s)

Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928, novelist and poet

Administrative / Biographical history

Born Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, 1840; studied under ecclesiastical architect John Hicks, 1856-1861; studied Gothic architecture under Sir Arthur Blomfield, London, 1862-1867; married Emma Lavinia Gifford (died 1912), 1874; awarded Order of Merit, 1910; awarded Gold Medal of Royal Society of Literature, 1912; married Florence Emily Dugdale, 1914; died 1928.

Publications: Desperate Remedies (Tinsley Bros, London, 1871); Under the greenwood tree Tinsley Bros, London, 1872); A pair of blue eyes (Tinsley Bros, London, 1873); Far from the madding crowd (Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1874); Hand of Ethelberta (Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1876); Return of the native (Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1878); The trumpet-major (Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1879); A Laodicean, or the castle of the De Stancys.  A story of today (Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1881); Two on a tower (Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1882); The mayor of Casterbridge: the life and death of a man of character (Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1886); The woodlanders (Macmillan & Co, London, 1887); Wessex Tales, strange, lively and commonplace (Macmillan & Co, 1888); A group of noble dames (James R Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, London, 1891); Tess of the D’Urbervilles: a pure woman (James R Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, London, 1891); Life’s little ironies: a set of tales with some colloquial sketches entitled a few crusted characters (Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, London, 1894); Jude the obscure (Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, London, 1895); The well-beloved: a sketch of a temperament (Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, London, 1897); Wessex Poems and other verses (Harper & Bros, London, 1898); Poems of the past and the present (Harper & Brothers, London, 1902); The Dynasts: a drama of the Napoleonic wars, in three parts, nineteen acts and one hundred and thirty scenes (Macmillan & Co, London, 1903-1908); Satires of circumstance: lyrics and reveries; moments of vision and miscellaneous verses (Macmillan & Co, London, 1912); A changed man, the waiting supper and other tales (Macmillan & Co, London, 1913); Selected poems of Thomas Hardy (Macmillan & Co, London, 1916); Late lyrics and earlier with many other verses (Macmillan & Co, London, 1922); Queen of Cornwall: the famous tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonness (Macmillan & Co, London, 1923).

Archival history


Content & structure

Scope and content

Two brief notes from Thomas Hardy to Dr Ernest Barker, Principal of King’s College London, 19 Jun and 23 Nov 1926, confirming Hardy’s attendance at King’s College London evening classes in French, 1865-1866, and subsequently declining an invitation to the Annual College dinner.

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Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only.  Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

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King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Kate O’Brien.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

October 2007

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  • King's College London

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