Tomas Hardy was one of the most renowned writers, novelists and poets in English literary history. Published more than 25 literary works, including novels, short stories collections and poetry, Hardy is considered as an author of naturalism movement. It's no coincidence that it is the peasants who became the main protagonists of his literary works. Depicting the tragic fate of his characters, Hardy finds out the social base of psychological conflicts in Victorian England, and criticizes those beliefs, especially relating to marriage, education and religion.
“Wessex Tales” is a collection of tales, published in 1888. It is known that young Thomas often spent time alone wandering the countryside, exploring the flora and fauna. His mother had a great influence on his imagination, entertaining him with stories and songs, many of which would later inspire his Wessex tales. Through them, Thomas Hardy talks about nineteenth century habits, traditions and manners.
The collection of folktales will be interesting for fans of popular legends. Enjoy the reading!