Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 near Dorchester in that part of England he called Wessex. With stories sometimes from his own imagination and sometimes from local tradition, Hardy's work, like Dickens and Trollope, creates a strong sense of mood and location. Hardy hoped to be remembered for his poetry, but ours is not a poetic age. Thus his claim to a new generation of readers rests on his prose. There are great similarities between his era, a time of challenge, and our own.
This collection of short stories shows Hardy as his best and includes "The Three Strangers", "The Withered Arm", "The Fiddler of the Reels", "Barbara of the House of Grebe", and "The Distracted Preacher" .
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