September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853260983
ISBN - 13: 9781853260988
About the Book
None of the great Victorian novels is more vivid and readable than The Mayor of Casterbridge. Set in the heart of Hardy's Wessex, the 'partly real, partly dream country' he founded on his native Dorset, it charts the rise and self-induced downfall of a single 'man of character'.
From the Publisher
With an Introduction and Notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English
Literature, University of Kent at CanterburyNone of the great Victorian
novels is more vivid and readable than The Mayor of Casterbridge. Set in
the heart of Hardy's Wessex, the 'partly real, partly dream country' he
founded on his native Dorset, it charts the rise and self-induced downfall
of a single 'man of character'. The fast-moving and ingeniously contrived
narrative is Shakespearian in its tragic force, and features some of the
author's most striking episodes and brilliant passages of description.
About the Author
Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy wrote Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and a Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1974, his first book as a full-time author, Far From the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Some of Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in a house in Dorchester, England. The house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its' construction. Thomas Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes were buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.
From Our Editors
Nineteenth-century English writer Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge is set in the county of Wessex, a part of England he knew very well. This tragic tale revolves around the flawed character Michael Henchard and begins as he is in the drunkenly process of selling his wife and daughter at a carnival auction. Upon sobering up, he realizes his shameful act and resolves to become the Mayor of Casterbridge. However, his past is a little too spotty and soon catches up with him through the machinations of his Scottish enemy, Donald Farfrae. Henchard has become one of literature’s greatest characters and upon re-reading this outstanding novel, it’s easy to see why.