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The mayor of Casterbridge

Author: Thomas Hardy; Phillip Lopate
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004.
Series: Barnes & Noble classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Thomas Hardy's first masterpiece, The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a scene of such heartlessness and cruelty that it still shocks readers today. A poor workman named Michael Henchard, in a fit of drunken rage, sells his wife and baby daughter to a stranger at a country fair. Stricken with remorse, Henchard forswears alcohol and works hard to become a prosperous businessman and the respected mayor of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hardy; Phillip Lopate
ISBN: 1593083092 9781593083090
OCLC Number: 60399178
Notes: Originally published in book form in 1886.
Description: xxxiv, 318 p. : map ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Barnes & Noble classics.
Responsibility: Thomas Hardy ; with an introduction by Phillip Lopate ; notes by David Kurnick.

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Thomas Hardy's first masterpiece, The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a scene of such heartlessness and cruelty that it still shocks readers today. A poor workman named Michael Henchard, in a fit of drunken rage, sells his wife and baby daughter to a stranger at a country fair. Stricken with remorse, Henchard forswears alcohol and works hard to become a prosperous businessman and the respected mayor of Casterbridge. But he cannot erase his past. His wife ultimately returns to offer Henchard the choice of redemption or a further descent into his own self-destructive nature. A dark, complex story, The Mayor of Casterbridge brims with invention, vitality, and even wit.

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