The "Distracted Preacher" and Other Tales

The "Distracted Preacher" and Other Tales

Paperback Penguin English Library

By (author) Thomas Hardy, Edited by Susan Hill

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  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 29 May 1980
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140431241
  • ISBN 13: 9780140431247
  • Sales rank: 383,808

Product description

The darkly passionate short stories of Thomas Hardy are compelling explorations of love, social class, superstition and legend. This collection contains many of his finest and most representative, and includes The Withered Arm', an eerie depiction of arcane witchcraft in nineteenth-century England; Barbara of the House of Grebe', in which a beautiful man's tragic disfigurement by fire is savagely exploited by his rival; The Son's Veto', showing the cruelty of an educated youth towards his ignorant but tender mother; and The Distracted Preacher', the story of one man's conflict between heartfelt love and his own sense of moral and civic duty. By turns moving and poetic, and surprisingly modern and brutally macabre, these eloquent tales may be numbered among the greatest creations of Hardy's genius.

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Author information

Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. He wrote novels and poetry, much of which is set in the semi-imaginary county of Wessex. His novels include Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the D'Urbervilles(1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895). He published his first volume of poetry, Wessex Poems, in 1898 and continued to publish collections of poems until his death on 11 January 1928.

Table of contents

Hardy's Life and Works: a Chronology Introduction 1. Thomas Hardy as a Short Story Writer 2. The Selected Stories Hardy's Wessex Map Key to Place-Names The Distracted Preacher A Mere Interlude The Withered Arm A Tragedy of Two Ambitions The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion Barbara of the House of Grebe On the Western Circuit The Son's Veto The Fiddler of the Reels An Imaginative Woman The Grave by the Handpost Hardy's General Preface to the Wessex Edition of 1912 Bibliographical Note Note on the Text Explanatory Notes