Wessex Tales

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Mar 19, 2009 - Fiction - 404 pages
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Wessex Tales includes the stories An Imaginative Woman, The Three Strangers, The Withered Arm, Fellow-Townsmen, Interlopers at the Knap, and The Distracted Preacher. Based on fact, the narratives describe the life, culture, and ways of the inhabitants of Wessex.
 

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Contents

THE THREE STRANGERS
46
THE WITHERED ARM
86
FELLOWTOWNSMEN
141
INTERLOPERS AT THE KNAP
232
THE DISTRACTED PREACHER
287
HOW HE SAW TWO OTHER MEN
308
AT THE TIME OF THE NEW MOON
326
HOW THEY WENT TO LULSTEAD COVE
339
THE GREAT SEARCH AT NETHERMOYNTON 354 THE WALK TO WARMELL CROSS AND AFTERWARDS
369
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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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