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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Life and Death of a Man of Character

By Thomas Hardy, Keith Wilson (Edited by), Keith Wilson (Introduction by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 448 pages
Other Information: chronology, notes, maps, glossary, illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 27 March 2003
In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper. Subtitled 'A Story of a Man of Character', Hardy's powerful and sympathetic study of the heroic but deeply flawed Henchard is also an intensely dramatic work, tragically played out against the vivid backdrop of a close-knit Dorsetshire town.

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and wrote both poetry and novels, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far From the Madding Crowd and Jude the Obscure. He died in 1928. Keith Wilson is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa and has edited Hardy's Fiddler of the Reels and Other Stories for Penguin Classics.


"Hardy's world is a world that can never disappear." --Margaret Drabble Hardy s world is a world that can never disappear. Margaret Drabble"

EAN: 9780141439785
ISBN: 0141439785
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Dimensions: 19.68 x 12.9 x 2.72 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Thomas Hardy weaves a tale of love and entwined passions, between the Scottish traveller Mr. Farfray and two lovers. When a web of deciet and lies from the past catch up to the Casterbridge Mayor - after selling his wife and daughter in a drunken gamble at a fair, things become interesting. Hardy twists and turns the plot in every direction. Keeping the reader thoroughly interested and creating a moral dillema about consequences and actions.

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