From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishHardy, ThomasThomas HardyHardy, Thomas(1840–1928) a Britishwriter and poet. Many of his novels are set in the countryside of Dorset in the southwest of England, and they often describe the unhappy side of life. His characters are often shown to be struggling against their own feelings and against fate. His best known books include Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure. Many of his books have been made into films.