Journals Higher Education



15 December 2007

208 Pages

ISBN: 9780748632657

Bookseller Code (06)

Thomas Hardy's Shorter Fiction

A Critical Study

Sophie Gilmartin and Rod Mengham

A Publication of Edinburgh University Press

  • The only book to provide comprehensive criticism of Hardy's entire output of short stories.
  • The provision of extremely full, extremely detailed, close readings of a number of key stories enhances the book's attractiveness as a potential teaching resource.
  • Draws on the work of social historians to make clear the background of social and political unrest in Dorset that is partly uncovered and partly hidden in Hardy's portrayals of his fictional Wessex.
  • Offers fascinating insights into Hardy's near-obsession in his mature phase with the marriage contract, and with its legal binding of erratic men and women.

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