The Mayor Of Casterbridge
Oxford University Press
On Sale: January 15, 2009
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Set against the backdrop of peaceful south-west England,
where Thomas Hardy spent much of his youth, The Mayor of
Casterbridge captures the author's unique genius for
depicting the absurdity underlying much of the sorrow and
humor in our lives.
Michael Henchard is an out-of-work
hay-trusser who gets drunk at a local fair and impulsively
sells his wife Susan and baby daughter. Eighteen years later
Susan and her daughter seek him out, only to discover that
he has become the most prominent man in Casterbridge.
Henchard attempts to make amends for his youthful misdeeds
but his unchanged impulsiveness clouds his relationships in
love as well as his fortunes in business. Although Henchard
is fated to be a modern-day tragic hero, unable to survive
in the new commercial world, his story is also a journey
This edition is the only critically
established text of the novel, based on a comprehensive
study of the manuscript and Hardy's extensive revisions.
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