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Wessex Tales
By Thomas Hardy and Kathryn R. King (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date November 19, 1998
Pages 288
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780192835581
ISBN-10 0192835580
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $10.95
Other format details university press
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this, 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 1880s Dorset, and reveal Hardy's growing scepticism about the possibility 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 genius.

The critically established text, the first to be based on detailed study of all revised texts, presents manuscript readings which have never before appeared in print.

The stories include The Three Strangers; A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four; The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion; The Withered Arm; Fellow-Townsmen; Interlopers at the Knap; The Distracted Preacher

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