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Wessex Tales

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Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy is a collection of short stories that showcase the author's skill in storytelling and ability to capture the essence of English rural life in the 19th century. Each tale is rich in detail and depth, painting a vivid picture of the characters and landscapes that populate Hardy's fictional Wessex.

Hardy's prose is quite poetic and evocative, drawing the reader into the world he has created with its themes of love, loss, and the harsh realities of life in rural England. The characters in these tales are well-drawn and complex, with their struggles and triumphs laid bare for the reader to see.

While some of the stories may be a bit melancholic or tragic, there is also a sense of hope and resilience that runs through them all. Hardy's keen observations of human nature and his ability to craft compelling narratives make Wessex Tales a captivating read for fans of classic literature and historical fiction.

Overall, Wessex Tales is a timeless collection of stories that showcases Hardy's mastery of the short story form and solidifies his reputation as one of the greatest English writers of the 19th century. Whether you are a fan of Hardy's work or simply enjoy well-crafted tales of rural life, this collection is sure to captivate and entertain.

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Wessex Tales is a collection of six short stories written by Hardy in the 1880’s. If you’ve never read Hardy they’ll serve as a good introduction to his writing. Though not as comprehensive as his major works they do contain all the ingredients that make him instantly recognisable. (Introduction by T. Hynes.)

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