Far from the Madding Crowd: With 15 Illustrations and a Free Online Audio File.

Far from the Madding Crowd: With 15 Illustrations and a Free Online Audio File.

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This is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and offers in ample measure the details of English rural life that Hardy so relished.

It first appeared, anonymously as a monthly magazine serial, where it gained a wide readership and critical acclaim.

The novel is the first to be set in Hardy's fictional county of Wessex in rural South West England. It deals in themes of love, honour and betrayal, against a backdrop of the seemingly idyllic, but often harsh realities of a farming community in Victorian England.

It describes the farmer Bathsheba Everdene, her life and relationships – especially with her lonely neighbour William Boldwood, the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, and the thriftless soldier Sergeant Troy.

The book is often regarded as an early piece of feminist literature, since it features an independent woman with the courage to defy convention by running a farm herself. Although Bathsheba's passionate nature leads her into serious errors of judgment, Hardy endows her with sufficient resilience, intelligence and good luck to overcome her youthful folly.

Highlights of this edition are:

• 15 illustrations and photos.
• A free web links to the full-length audio recording of the book – to either listen to online or download.
• It is formatted for ease of use and enjoyment on your nook reader.
• An active (easy to use) Table of Contents listing every chapter accessible from the nook menu.
• Perfect formatting in rich text compatible with nook's Text-to-Speech features.
• Plus, about the Author section.
• 701 pages in the nook format.

This book is unabridged and appears as it was first intended. First published in 1874.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157101749
Publisher: Red Skull Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist, in the tradition of George Eliot, he was also influenced both in his novels and poetry by Romanticism, especially by William Wordsworth. Charles Dickens is another important influence on Thomas Hardy.

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


Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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