Wessex Tales

Wessex Tales

by Thomas Hardy


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Wessex Tales is an 1888 collection of tales written by Thomas Hardy, many of which are set before Hardy's birth in 1840. Through them, Thomas Hardy talks about nineteenth century marriage, grammar, class status, how men and women were viewed, medical diseases and more. In 1888, Wessex Tales contained only five stories ('The Three Strangers', 'The Withered Arm', 'Fellow-Townsmen', 'Interlopers at the Knap', and 'The Distracted Preacher') all published first in periodicals. For the 1896 reprinting, Hardy added "An Imaginative Woman," but in 1912 moved this to another collection, Life's Little Ironies, while at the same time transferring two stories - "A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four" and "The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion" - from Life's Little Ironies to Wessex Tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781722466015
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/07/2018
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 - 11 January 1928), was an English novelist and poet.

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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Wessex Tales 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jenni_Wickham More than 1 year ago
Nothing brings to life the trials and passions of the common people in late 17th century rural England like Thomas Hardy's books. This book is a collection of little gems. I like "The Three Strangers" the best because of the element of suspense - everything isn't what it seems at first sight - and because of the beautifully drawn description of the scenery and the scene inside the house. Each tale vividly draws an aspect of English society, life and the landscape in the countryside at the time. I did not like his preoccupation with lost love and sad endings in other tales, but I can understand that love had to struggle against the class structure of the time, and many times lost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great collection of tales from Hardy. He really knows how to write wonderful characters, and his writing shines in this collection.