The Mayor of Casterbridge
By Thomas Hardy
(Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553210248, 336pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 1981
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Rooted in an actual case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, the story build into an awesome Sophoclean drama of guilt and revenge, in which the strong, willful Henchard rises to a position of wealth and power only to suffer a most bitter downfall. Proud, obsessed, ultimately committed to his own destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has said, Hardy's Lord Jim his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction.