Short Stories of Thomas Hardy

Works

Prose

Hardy divided his novels and collected short stories into three classes:

Novels of Character and Environment

  • The Poor Man and the Lady (1867, unpublished and lost)
  • Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School (1872)
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
  • The Return of the Native (1878)
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character (1886)
  • The Woodlanders (1887)
  • Wessex Tales (1888, a collection of short stories)
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented (1891)
  • Life's Little Ironies (1894, a collection of short stories)
  • Jude the Obscure (1895)

Romances and Fantasies

  • A Pair of Blue Eyes: A Novel (1873)
  • The Trumpet-Major (1880)
  • Two on a Tower: A Romance (1882)
  • A Group of Noble Dames (1891, a collection of short stories)
  • The Well-Beloved: A Sketch of a Temperament (1897) (first published as a serial from 1892)

Novels of Ingenuity

  • Desperate Remedies: A Novel (1871)
  • The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters (1876)
  • A Laodicean: A Story of To-day (1881)

Hardy also produced a number of minor tales; one story, The Spectre of the Real (1894) was written in collaboration with Florence Henniker.[52] An additional short-story collection, beyond the ones mentioned above, is A Changed Man and Other Tales (1913). His works have been collected as the 24-volume Wessex Edition (1912–13) and the 37-volume Mellstock Edition (1919–20). His largely self-written biography appears under his second wife's name in two volumes from 1928 to 1930, as The Early Life of Thomas Hardy, 1840–91 and The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, 1892–1928, now published in a critical one-volume edition as The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy, edited by Michael Millgate (1984).

Short stories (with date of first publication)

  • "How I Built Myself A House" (1865)
  • "Destiny and a Blue Cloak" (1874)
  • "The Thieves Who Couldn't Stop Sneezing" (1877)
  • "The Duchess of Hamptonshire" (1878)
  • "The Distracted Preacher" (1879)
  • "Fellow-Townsmen" (1880)
  • "The Honourable Laura" (1881)
  • "What The Shepherd Saw" (1881)
  • "A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four" (1882)
  • "The Three Strangers" (1883)
  • "The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid" (1883)
  • "Interlopers at the Knap" (1884)
  • "A Mere Interlude" (1885)
  • "A Tryst at an Ancient Earthwork" (1885)
  • "Alicia's Diary" (1887)
  • "The Waiting Supper" (1887–88)
  • "The Withered Arm" (1888)
  • "A Tragedy of Two Ambitions" (1888)
  • "The First Countess of Wessex" (1889)
  • "Anna, Lady Baxby" (1890)
  • "The Lady Icenway" (1890)
  • "Lady Mottisfont" (1890)
  • "The Lady Penelope" (1890)
  • "The Marchioness of Stonehenge" (1890)
  • "Squire Petrick's Lady" (1890)
  • "Barbara of the House of Grebe" (1890)
  • "The Melancholy Hussar of The German Legion" (1890)
  • "Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir" (1891)
  • "The Winters and the Palmleys" (1891)
  • "For Conscience' Sake" (1891)
  • "Incident in Mr. Crookhill's Life"(1891)
  • "The Doctor's Legend" (1891)
  • "Andrey Satchel and the Parson and Clerk" (1891)
  • "The History of the Hardcomes" (1891)
  • "Netty Sargent's Copyhold" (1891)
  • "On The Western Circuit" (1891)
  • "A Few Crusted Characters: Introduction" (1891)
  • "The Superstitious Man's Story" (1891)
  • "Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver" (1891)
  • "To Please His Wife" (1891)
  • "The Son's Veto" (1891)
  • "Old Andrey's Experience as a Musician" (1891)
  • "Our Exploits At West Poley" (1892–93)
  • "Master John Horseleigh, Knight" (1893)
  • "The Fiddler of the Reels" (1893)
  • "An Imaginative Woman" (1894)
  • "The Spectre of the Real" (1894)
  • "A Committee-Man of 'The Terror'" (1896)
  • "The Duke's Reappearance" (1896)
  • "The Grave by the Handpost" (1897)
  • "A Changed Man" (1900)
  • "Enter a Dragoon" (1900)
  • "Blue Jimmy: The Horse Stealer" (1911)
  • "Old Mrs. Chundle" (1929)
  • "The Unconquerable"(1992)

Poetry collections

  • Wessex Poems and Other Verses (1898)
  • Poems of the Past and the Present (1901)
  • Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses (1909)
  • Satires of Circumstance (1914)
  • Moments of Vision (1917)
  • Collected Poems (1919)
  • Late Lyrics and Earlier with Many Other Verses (1923)
  • Human Shows, Far Phantasies, Songs and Trifles (1925)
  • Winter Words in Various Moods and Metres (1928)
  • The Complete Poems (Macmillan, 1976)
  • Selected Poems (Edited by Harry Thomas, Penguin, 1993)
  • Hardy: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 1995)
  • Thomas Hardy: Selected Poetry and Nonfictional Prose (St. Martin's Press, 1996)
  • Selected Poems (Edited by Robert Mezey, Penguin, 1998)
  • Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems (Edited by James Gibson, Palgrave, 2001)

Online poems: Poems by Thomas Hardy[53] at Poetry Foundation and Poems by Thomas Hardy at poemhunter.com[54]

Drama

  • The Dynasts: An Epic-Drama of the War with Napoleon (verse drama)
    • The Dynasts, Part 1 (1904)
    • The Dynasts, Part 2 (1906)
    • The Dynasts, Part 3 (1908)
  • The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse (1923) (one-act play)

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