Chapter 10. Thomas Hardy: Wessex Tales

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. David Grylls Director Fellow

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch10

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Grylls, D. (2008) Thomas Hardy: Wessex Tales, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. Oxford University's, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770



  • Thomas Hardy - Wessex Tales;
  • Wessex Tales - set in the early nineteenth century;
  • “An Imaginative Woman”- a satire on late Victorian values;
  • gothic elements in Hardy's imagination - evident in his fiction and his poetry;
  • constructing a fictional microcosm - consistent social and emotional world, a function of the good short story;
  • circumstantial irony running in Hardy's stories, and “The Three Strangers”;
  • Harold Orel arguing that “Wessex Tales stresses the violent and the extraordinary”;
  • Wessex Tales, - admiring portrayal of independent women – the spirited Lizzie in “The Distracted Preacher”


This chapter contains sections titled:

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  • 2

  • References and Further Reading