A Group of Noble Dames

A Group of Noble Dames

by Thomas Hardy

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A Group of Noble Dames is an 1891 collection of short stories written by Thomas Hardy. The stories are contained by a frame narrative in which ten members of a club each tell one story about a noble dame in the 17th or 18th century.

All ten stories were published in serial magazines before Hardy collected them into book form. "The Duchess of Hamptonshire" and "The Honourable Laura" were written relatively early in Hardy's career, in 1878 and 1881 respectively. "The First Countess of Wessex" and "The Lady Penelope" were written in 1888-89. Hardy revised all four of these stories significantly before adding them to the collection in 1891. The remaining six stories were written in early 1890 and published in bowdlerised form in a special Christmas number of The Graphic in December 1890.

Hardy collected all ten stories together for the first time in A Group of Noble Dames, which was published in England by Osgood, McIlvaine and Co. and in America by Harper and Brothers in 1891.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783337778156
Publisher: Bod Third Party Titles
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

An English writer born in 1840, Hardy was a poet more than a writer of fiction. This collection is centered in his fictional area of Wessex, the place of many Hardy stories.

Date of Birth:

June 2, 1840

Date of Death:

January 11, 1928

Place of Birth:

Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England

Place of Death:

Max Gate, Dorchester, England


Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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A group of noble dames ... 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas Hardy was probably at his best in short stories, rather than the long, complex novel structure. These short stories are well-told, timely gems that will be hard to forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pagination is off and words are unreadable. I am deleting it from my library - a waste of time.