The Mayor of Casterbridge (Diversion Classics)

The Mayor of Casterbridge (Diversion Classics)

by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge (Diversion Classics)

The Mayor of Casterbridge (Diversion Classics)

by Thomas Hardy



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Considered one of Hardy’s best works, this sobering and complex story of self-destruction features one of literature's quintessential tragic heroes.

In a drunken fit of rage, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard auctions off his wife and baby daughter at a county fair. Exhausted by his behavior, his wife decides to leave with the highest bidder. The next day, too late to stop them from leaving, Henchard is consumed with immense regret. He vows not to touch a drop of alcohol for twenty-one years.

Nineteen years later, Henchard is sober, wealthy, and now the mayor of Casterbridge. Just as he begins to fall in love with another woman, Henchard’s wife and who he believes to be his daughter return.

What follows is an intensely dramatic tale of pride, anger, and regret that cannot be put down.

Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, this Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682307670
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Series: Diversion Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

An English Victorian author of novels, poems, and short stories, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is best known for the classic books Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure. Set mostly in the semi-imagined region of Wessex, Hardy’s fictional works retain their popularity thanks to an accessible style, Romantic plots, and richly drawn characters.

Date of Birth:

June 2, 1840

Date of Death:

January 11, 1928

Place of Birth:

Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England

Place of Death:

Max Gate, Dorchester, England


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