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Wessex Tales. Strange, Lively, and Commonplace.

Hardy, Thomas ( Robert Gittins Introduction )
xiii 199 pages, in immaculate slipcase. Third printing. A very attractive volume. "Wessex Tales is an 1888 collection of tales written by English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, many of which are set before Hardy's birth in 1840. In the various short stories, Hardy writes of the true nature of nineteenth-century marriage and its inherent restrictions, the use of grammar as a diluted form of thought, the disparities created by the role of class status in determining societal rank, the stance of women in society and the severity of even minor diseases causing the rapid onset of fatal symptoms prior to the introduction of sufficient medicinal practices. A focal point of all the short stories is that of social constraints acting to diminish one's contentment in life, necessitating unwanted marriages, repression of true emotion and succumbing to melancholia due to constriction within the confines of 19th-century perceived normalcy." (Wikipedia)
Published 1991 The Folio Society London


Condition Jacket Condition Binding Size
As New N/A Hardcover 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Good Reading Book Reference: 20258
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