The Mayor of Casterbridge

By Thomas Hardy; Dale Kramer (Editor); Pamela Dalziel (Introduction by)
Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780199537037, 432pp.

Publication Date: January 2009

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Description
Set against the backdrop of peaceful south-west England, where Thomas Hardy spent much of his youth, The Mayor of Casterbridge captures the author's unique genius for depicting the absurdity underlying much of the sorrow and humor in our lives.
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.
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About the Author
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton (Upper Bockhampton in his day), a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England, where his father Thomas (1811-1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder.Pamela Dalziel has published numerous articles on Hardy and edited Hardy's An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress and Other Stories (OWC, 1994) and A Pair of Blue Eyes (Penguin, 1998).
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