A Group of Noble Damesby Thomas Hardy
All ten stories were published in serial magazines before Hardy collected them into
A Group of Noble Dames - A Collection of Short Stories by Thomas Hardy - A Group of Noble Dames is an 1891 collection of short stories written by Thomas Hardy. It is 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, & Co. and in America by Harper & Brothers in 1891. The critical reception of the book was mixed.
- 1st World Library
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
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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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.
A good read.
Pagination is off and words are unreadable. I am deleting it from my library - a waste of time.