A Collection of Twelve Tales Written by Thomas Hardy
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A Changed Man and Other Tales
A Changed Man and Other Tales is a collection of twelve tales written by Thomas Hardy. The collection was originally published in book form in 1913, although all of the tales had been previously published in newspapers or magazines from 1881 to 1900. There are eleven short stories and a novella The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid. At the end of the book there is a map of the imaginary Wessex of Hardy's novels and poems. Six of the stories were published before 1891 and therefore lacked international copyright protection when the collection began to be sold in October 1913.
- A Changed Man
- A Waiting Supper
- Alicia's Diary
- The Grave by the Handpost
- Enter a Dragoon
- A Tryst at an Ancient Earthwork
- What the Shepherd Saw
- A Committee-Man of 'The Terror'
- Master John Horseleigh, Knight
- The Duke's Reappearance
- A Mere Interlude
- The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid
Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 â 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. Charles Dickens was another important influence. Like Dickens, he was highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society.
While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author of novels, including Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). However, beginning in the 1950s Hardy has been recognized as a major poet; he had a significant influence on the Movement poets of the 1950s and 1960s, including Phillip Larkin.
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