Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) wrote novels and poetry, much of which is set in the semi-imaginary county of Wessex. His novels include 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). He published his first volume of poetry, Wessex Poems, in 1898 and continued to publish collections of poems until his death.
The Distracted Preacher and Other Talesby Thomas Hardy, Susan Hill (Introduction)
The darkly passionate short stories of Thomas Hardy are compelling explorations of love, social class, superstition and legend. This collection contains many of his finest and most representative, and includes "The Withered Arm," an eerie depiction of arcane witchcraft in nineteenth-century England; "Barbara of the House of Grebe," in which a beautiful man's tragic disfigurement by fire is savagely exploited by his rival; "The Son's Veto," showing the cruelty of an educated youth towards his ignorant but tender mother; and "The Distracted Preacher," the story of one man's conflict between heartfelt love and his own sense of moral and civic duty. By turns moving and poetic, and surprisingly modern and brutally macabre, these eloquent tales may be numbered among the greatest creations of Hardy's genius.
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Meet the Author
- 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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