Withered Arm and Other Stories

ISBN-10: 0140435328

ISBN-13: 9780140435320

Edition: 1999

Authors: Thomas Hardy, Kristin Brady, Patricia Ingham, Kristin Brady, Kristin Brady

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Hardy used these stories as testing grounds for his novels in their controversial sexual politics, their refusal of romance structures, and their elegiac pursuit of past, lost love.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968

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 Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady.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.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was the son of a village stonemason and trained as an architect. He wrote numerous novels but devoted the last decades of his life to writing poetry. Keith Wilson is professor and former chair of English at the University of Ottawa and Honorary Vice President of the Thomas Hardy Association. Kristin Brady taught English at the University of Western Ontario. She edited The Withered Arm and Other Storiesfor Penguin Classics.

Patricia Ingham is Fellow and Senior Tutor in English at St. Anne's College, Oxford, and Times Lecturer in English Language.

General Editor's Preface
Chronology: Hardy's Life and Works
Map: Wessex Novels Edition
Bibliographical Note
Further Reading
A Note on the History of the Texts
Short Stories
Destiny and a Blue Cloak
The Thieves Who Couldn't Help Sneezing
The Distracted Preacher
The Three Strangers
The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid
Interlopers at the Knap
The Waiting Supper
The Withered Arm
History of the Short Story Collections
Charles Stanley Reinhart's Illustrations for 'The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid'
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