The Mayor of Casterbridge / Edition 2

The Mayor of Casterbridge / Edition 2

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by Thomas Hardy
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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 towards love. This edition is the only critically established text of the novel, based on a comprehensive study of the manuscript and Hardy's extensive revisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192840714
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Editors' Preface
Introduction1
1The Mayor of Casterbridge, the Persistence of the Past, and the Dance of Desire21
2The Mayor of Casterbridge31
3Fictitious Families40
4The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Fate of Michael Henchard's Character48
5The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Bounds of Propriety80
6The Minimisation of Sexuality116
7The Mayor of Casterbridge: Made of Money132
8Haunting Casterbridge or, 'the persistence of the unforeseen'153
9Agon in the Marketplace: The Mayor of Casterbridge as Bourgeois Tragedy170
Further Reading202
Notes on Contributors207
Index209

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