Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far from the Madding Crowd)

Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far from the Madding Crowd)

by Thomas Hardy
     
 

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Although criticised during his lifetime Thomas Hardy is today regarded as one of the great English novelists. Dealing with themes of determinism and inescapable fate, he is also renowned for evoking the intimate relationship between character and environment.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) subtitled A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is the brutal story of Tess.

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Although criticised during his lifetime Thomas Hardy is today regarded as one of the great English novelists. Dealing with themes of determinism and inescapable fate, he is also renowned for evoking the intimate relationship between character and environment.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) subtitled A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is the brutal story of Tess. Encouraged by her poor family to associate with the wealthy Stoke-D'Urberville's, Tess is seduced by their son Alec - with damaging consequences. Forced to leave and make a fresh start, Tess meets Angel Clare, the son of the local parson. His reaction to her past starts another cycle of tragic events culminating in an epic struggle against fate.

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) subtitled A Man of Character, follows the fortunes of Michael Henchard. Having sold his wife while drunk at a village fair, he swears a sober oath never to drink again. Eighteen years later she returns with her daughter to find Henchard a wealthy grain merchant and mayor of the town. Committed to another and facing ambitious challenges from his new manager, complications unfold and ultimately tragedy ensues.

Far From the Madding Crowd (1874) was the first of Hardy's novels to achieve popular success. Set in the fictitious county of Wessex, it is the story of Bathsheba Everdene and her suitors - the shepherd Gabriel Oak, Farmer Boldwood and Sergeant Troy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753705193
Publisher:
Chancellor Press
Publication date:
10/01/1902
Edition description:
3 BKS IN 1
Pages:
728
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.71(d)

Meet the Author

Brief Biography

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
Education:
Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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