A Changed Man; and other tales by Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet, was one of the most highly regarded authors of his era. Much of his work is set in the semi-fictional setting of Wessex, an area in the south and southwest part of England named after the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom that existed in this part of the country prior to the Norman Conquest. His work can be both ascribed to the Victorian realist and Romantic literary movements and is often critical of a declining rural Victorian society. "A Changed Man and Other Tales" is a collection of short stories first published in 1913. It includes the following tales: "A Changed Man," "The Waiting Supper," "Alicia's Diary," "The Grave by the Handpost," "Enter a Dragoon," "A Tryst at an Ancient Earth Work," "What the Shepherd Saw," "A Committee-Man of 'The Terror'," "Master John Horseleigh, Knight," "The Duke's Reappearance," and "A Mere Interlude."

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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. In his writing, he immortalized the site of his birth-Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester. 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 pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels-Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure-he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He died on January 11, 1928, and was buried in Poet's Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy.
Published July 1, 2004 by Digireads.com. 236 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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