The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), subtitled "The Life and Death of a Man of Character", is a book by British author Thomas Hardy. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rural England. At a country fair near Casterbridge, Wessex, a young hay-trusser named Michael Henchard overindulges in rum-laced furmity and quarrels with his wife, Susan. He decides to auction off his wife and baby daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, to a sailor, Mr. Newson, for five guineas. Once sober the next day, he is too late to recover his family. When he realizes that his wife and daughter are gone, probably for good, he promises not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far. This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. This work has also been annotated, with additional information about the book and Thomas Hardy, including an overview, plot, characters, locations in the novel, adaptations, biographical and bibliographical information.
An English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author…
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