The Withered Arm and Other Stories 1874-1888 By Thomas Hardy

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The Withered Arm and Other Stories 1874-1888 By (author) Thomas Hardy ISBN:9780140435320

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‘See if she is dark or fair, and if you can, notice if her hands be white; if not, see if they look as though she had ever done housework, or are milker’s hands like mine.’

So Rhoda Brook, the abandoned mistress of Farmer Lodge, is jealous to discover details of his new bride in ‘The Withered Arm’, the title story in this selection of Hardy’s finest short stories. Hardy’s first story, ‘Destiny and a Blue Cloak’ was written fresh from the success of Far From the Madding Crowd. Beautiful in their own right, these stories are also testing-grounds for the novels in their controversial sexual politics, their refusal of romance structures, and their elegiac pursuit of past, lost loves.

Several of the stories in The Withered Arm were collected to form the famous volume, Wessex Tales (1888), the first time Hardy denoted ‘Wessex’ to describe his fictional world. The Withered Arm is the first of a new two-volume selection of Hardy’s short stories, edited with an introduction and notes by Kristin Brady.

The Withered Arm and Other Stories 1874-1888 By (author) Thomas Hardy ISBN:9780140435320

 

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Weight 337 g
Dimensions 26 × 129 × 198 mm
About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. His father was a stonemason. He was brought up near Dorchester and trained as an architect. In 1868 his work took him to St Juliot's church in Cornwall where he met his wife-to-be, Emma. His first novel, <i>The Poor Man and the Lady</i>, was rejected by publishers but <i>Desperate Remedies</i> was published in 1871 and this was rapidly followed by <i>Under the Greenwood Tree</i> (1872), <i>A Pair of Blue Eyes</i> (1873) and <i>Far from the Madding Crowd</i> (1874). He also wrote many other novels, poems and short stories. <i>Tess of the D'Urbervilles</i> was published in 1891. His final novel was <i>Jude the Obscure</i> (1895). Hardy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1920 and the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1912. His wife died in 1912 and he later married his secretary. Thomas Hardy died 11 January 1928.

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