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Withered Arm And Other Stories 1874-1888, The : Penguin Classics - Thomas Hardy

Withered Arm And Other Stories 1874-1888, The

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 25th March 1999
ISBN: 9780140435320
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The nine stories collected in this volume were written during the period 1874-1888. Beautiful in their own right, these stories are also testing-grounds for the novels of Hardy's maturity in their controversial sexual politics, their refusal of romance structures, and their elegiac pursuit of past, lost loves. In the title story Rhoda Brook, the abandoned mistress of Farmer Lodge, is jealous to discover details of his new bride. Hardy's first story, "Destiny and a Blue Cloak, " was written fresh from the success of Far from the Madding Crowd. 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. This volume also includes the stories "The Thieves Who Couldn't Help Sneezing, " "The Distracted Preacher, " "Fellow-Townsmen, " "The Three Strangers, " "The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid, " "Interlopers at the Knap, " and "The Waiting Supper."

Acknowledgementsp. vi
General Editor's Prefacep. vii
Chronology: Hardy's Life and Worksp. x
Map: Wessex Novels Editionp. xiv
Bibliographical Notep. xv
Introductionp. xviii
Further Readingp. xxxviii
A Note on the History of the Textsp. xli
Short Stories
Destiny and a Blue Cloakp. 3
The Thieves Who Couldn't Help Sneezingp. 27
The Distracted Preacherp. 34
Fellow-Townsmenp. 90
The Three Strangersp. 140
The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaidp. 162
Interlopers at the Knapp. 250
The Waiting Supperp. 280
The Withered Armp. 329
Notesp. 358
History of the Short Story Collectionsp. 395
Charles Stanley Reinhart's Illustrations for 'The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid'p. 398
Glossaryp. 405
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ISBN: 9780140435320
ISBN-10: 0140435328
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 25th March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1