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When his poetry was not widely accepted, Thomas Hardy turned to writing novels. He destroyed his first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady (1867), and then went on to write Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the D'urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). Read more about Thomas Hardy's famous fiction.

1. Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy. Far from the Madding Crowd was first published in 1874. The success of this work caused Thomas Hardy to pursue writing novels as a career. Here's the tale of Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors.
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2. The Return of the Native

by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1878, The Return of the Native is about the return of Clym Yeobright to Egdon Heath from Paris. Unfortunatly, he then marries Eustacia Vye. This novel has been considered one of Thomas Hardy's greatest works.

3. The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1886, The Mayor of Casterbridge is about Michael Henchard, who sells his wife and baby daughter to a sailor. Eighteen years pass before his family finds him once again, but this time he's a prominent member of Casterbridge.

4. Tess of the D'urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1891, Tess of the D'urbervilles is about a young girl who is seduced by Alec D'Uberville. She gets pregnant, but the baby dies. She later falls in love with Angel Clare, but he deserts her. This tragic tale defied Victorian conventions, and this heroine was Hardy's favorite character.
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5. Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1895, Jude the Obscure is one of Thomas Hardy's most controversial novels. The novel tells the tale of Jude Fawley, who dreams of studying at the University of Christminster. He finds himself in a loveless marriage, and then he falls in love with Sue Bridehead.
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6. A Pair of Blue Eyes

by Thomas Hardy. A Pair of Blue Eyes is about a stonemason, who falls in love with the vicar's daughter.
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7. The Well-Beloved

by Thomas Hardy. In The Well-Beloved, Jocelyn Pierston searches for the ideal woman.
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8. The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy. In The Woodlanders, Giles Winterborne is in love with Grace Melbury, but then Dr. Edred Fitzpiers arrives on the scene.
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9. Desperate Remedies

by Thomas Hardy. Published anonymously in 1871, Desperate Remedies is about Aeneas Manston, who resorts to blackmail and other desperate means to woe Cytherea, even though she is in love with another man.
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10. Under the Greenwood Tree

by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1872, Under the Greenwood Tree is about Dick Dewy, who falls in love with Fancy Day; but Fancy already has other men courting her. Read this novel.
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