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The Mayor of Casterbridge
By Norman Page (editor) and Thomas Hardy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Broadview Pr
Publication date March 1, 1997
Pages 416
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781551111223
ISBN-10 1551111225
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Published in Canada
Original list price $15.95
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:

This 1886 novel may be Hardy’s most intense and gripping narrative. We first see the central character, Michael Henchard, as a drunken and unemployed hay-trusser who sells his wife Susan and his daughter Elizabeth-Jane at a fair. When he is eventually reunited with the two, he has become the contented and prosperous mayor of a thriving market town. But the downward spiral begins. Henchard’s fall is hastened by a series of coincidences and quarrels, and by his own jealousy and pride. Though the perspective on events that Hardy gives us is often that of other characters (Elizabeth-Jane in particular), Henchard remains the central focus; in the end he is a tragic figure, bankrupt, emotionally broken and an outcast from society.

Prepared by one of the world’s leading Hardy scholars, this edition includes a critical introduction and a range of background materials from the period. Historical documents (concerning such topics as the corn laws and the practice of wife-selling) and contemporary reviews help set this remarkable novel in the context out of which it emerged.

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