The Withered Arm And Other Stories by Thomas HardyThe Withered Arm And Other Stories by Thomas Hardy

The Withered Arm And Other Stories

byThomas HardyIntroduction byKristin BradyNotes byKristin Brady

Other Format | November 1, 1999

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So Rhoda Brook, the abandoned mistress of Farmer Lodge, is jealous to discover details of his new bride in 'The Withered Arm', the title story in this selection of Hardy's finest short stories. Hardy's first story, 'Destiny and a Blue Cloak' was written fresh from the success of Far From the Madding Crowd. Beautiful in their own right, these stories are also testing-grounds for the novels in their controversial sexual politics, their refusal of romance structures, and their elegiac pursuit of past, lost loves.

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. The Withered Arm is the first of a new two-volume selection of Hardy's short stories, edited with an introduction and notes by Kristin Brady.

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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester—in his writing. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pur...
Title:The Withered Arm And Other StoriesFormat:Other FormatDimensions:464 pages, 7.81 × 5.11 × 1.06 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140435328

ISBN - 13:9780140435320

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


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Rhoda Brook once was Farmer Lodge’s mistress, but the rogue never did make her an honest woman. Now abandoned and alone, Rhoda learns the farmer has married and she’s determined to figure out why he chose this new woman over herself. This title story from The Withered Arm and Other Stories is one of Thomas Hardy’s earliest short stories and a fine example of his experimentation with a unique plot form and controversial topics.