1840: Thomas Hardy was born on June 2nd, in Higher Bockhampton.
1848: Hardy attends Julia Martin's school in Bockhampton.
1853: He studies Latin, and French.
1856: Hardy beings to work for the local architect John Hicks. Hardy meets and studies with Horace Moule.
1862: Hardy travels to London to work under Arthur Blomfield. While in London he attends the Exhibition.
1865: Hardy publishes his first article, "How I Built Myself a House."
1867: Hardy returns to Dorset and works for Hicks. Hardy writes the unpublished novel: The Poor Man and the Lady.
1870: Hardy travels to St. Juliot to work on the restoration of the church. He meets is future wife, Emma Lavinia Gifford.
1871: Desperate Remedies published.
1872: Under the Greenwood Tree published.
1873: A Pair of Blue Eyes published. Hardy decides to write full-time. br> 1874: Far From the Madding Crowd is published. In September Hardy marries Emma, travels to Paris, and sets up house in London. Eventually he settles in Sturminster Newton.
1876: The Hand of Ethelberta published.
1878: The Return of the Native published.
1880: The Trumpet-Major is published.
1881: A Laodicean is published. Hardy moves back to Dorset.
1882: Two on a Tower published.
1883: Hardy designs and supervises construction of his Dorchester home, Max Gate.
1886: The Mayor of Casterbridge published soon after Hardy moves into Max Gate.
1887: The Woodlanders published. Hardy tours the continent.
1888: Wessex Tales, Hardy's first collection of short stories, is published.
1891: A Group of Noble Dames published.
1892: Hardy's father dies. He begins serialization of The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved.
1893: Meets Florence Henniker.
1894: Life's Little Ironies, Hardy's third collection of short stories, is published.
1897: The Well-Beloved appears in volume form after revisions.
1898: Hardy's first volume of poems, Wessex Poems, appears. Hardy then decides to stop writing novels and begins to concentrate on poetry.
1902: Poems of the Past and Present, Hardy's second volume as a poet, is published.
1903: The Dynasts: Part One is published.
1906: The Dynasts: Part Two appears.
1908: The Dynasts: Part Three is published.
1909: Time's Laughingstocks.
1910: Hardy receives the Order of Merit and the Freedom of Dorchester.
1912: The Wessex Edition, is published. His wife Emma dies on November 27 .
1913: Hardy's final book of short stories, A Changed Man, is published.
1914: Satires of Circumstance is published.
1914: Hardy marries Florence Dugdale. World War I breaks out.
1917: Moments of Vision.
1922: Late Lyrics and Earlier.
1923: The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall.
1925: Hardy begins working on his autobiography.
1928: Winter Words is published posthumously: Hardy died on January 11. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, and his heart is buried in Emma's grave. The Early Life of Thomas Hardy is published under Florence's name.