The Distracted Preacher And Other Tales

Paperback | May 29, 1980

byThomas HardyIntroduction bySusan HillNotes bySusan Hill

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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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This Penguin Classic volume features Thomas Hardy’s best and most representative stories, including “The Withered Arm,” one of his most famous and most riveting; “Barbara of the House of Grebe,” depicting an evil world; “The Son’s Veto,” which Hardy believed his best story; and “The Distracted Preacher.” The Distracted Preacher and...

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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 ...

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Thomas Hardy’s short stories reveal a literary persona, a creative intelligence and an imaginative vision uniquely and unmistakably his own.Those contained within this volume are among his finest and most representative and include The Withered Arm, one of his best known and most gripping; Barbara of the House of Grebe, said by T. S. E...

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) 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, W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:May 29, 1980Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140431241

ISBN - 13:9780140431247

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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

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This Penguin Classic volume features Thomas Hardy’s best and most representative stories, including “The Withered Arm,” one of his most famous and most riveting; “Barbara of the House of Grebe,” depicting an evil world; “The Son’s Veto,” which Hardy believed his best story; and “The Distracted Preacher.” The Distracted Preacher and Other Tales reveals the author’s obsession with matters of the heart, with love fulfilled or ill-fated. His ingenious stories feature compelling female characters; vivid settings; and touches of the bizarre, macabre or grotesque.