This collection offers three of Hardy's best-known novels, Far From the Madding Crowd, Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles, all set against the backdrop of peaceful south-west England in which complex characters make choices that often lead to tragic results. Each demonstrates not only Hardy's extraordinary sympathy for his characters, but also his unique genius for depicting the absurdity underlying much of the sorrow and humor in our lives.
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
Education:Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks