In Wessex Tales, his first collection of short stories, Hardy sought to record the legends, superstitions, local customs and lore of a Wessex that was rapidly passing out of memory. But these Tales also portray the social and economic stresses of Dorset in the 1880s, and reveal Hardy's growing scepticism about the possiblity of achieving personal and sexual satisfaction in the modern world. By turns humorous, ironic, macabre, and elegiac, these seven stories show the range of Hardy's story-telling gifts.
|Series:||Longman Literature Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)|
About 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
Education:Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
A great collection of tales from Hardy. He really knows how to write wonderful characters, and his writing shines in this collection.