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The Mayor of Casterbridge
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Classic & Loveswept
Publication date June 1, 1994
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553210248
ISBN-10 0553210246
Dimensions 1 by 4.25 by 7 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $5.99
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Summary
Tragic consequences result from a drunken Michael Herchard's impetuous sale of his wife and daughter to a passing sailor at a country fair. Reissue.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From its spectacular opening–the astonishing scene in which drunken Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a passing sailor at a county fair–to the breathtaking series of discoveries at its conclusion, The Mayor of Casterbridge claims a unique place among Thomas Hardy’s finest and most powerful novels.

Rooted in an actual case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, the story build into an awesome Sophoclean drama of guilt and revenge, in which the strong, willful Henchard rises to a position of wealth and power–only to suffer a most bitter downfall. Proud, obsessed, ultimately committed to his own destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has said, “Hardy’s Lord Jim…his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction.

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