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Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy and Coralie Bickford-smith

Hardback Publication Date: 30/06/2015

 
A Hardcover Classics edition of Thomas Hardy's impassioned novel of courtship in rural life, soon to be a movie starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen
 
In Thomas Hardy's first major literary success, independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. One of his first works set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

This edition, based on Hardy's original 1874 manuscript, is the complete novel he never saw published, and restores its full candor and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan's introduction discusses the history of its publication, as well as the biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.
ISBN:
9780241240274
9780241240274
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
30-06-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
204.72x136.65x40.39mm
Weight:
0.61kg
Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840. His first published novel was Desperate Remedies in 1871. Such was the success of these early works, which included A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), that he gave up his work as an architect to concentrate on his writing.

However, he had difficulty publishing Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1889) and was forced to make changes in order for it to be judged suitable for family readers. This, coupled with the stormy reaction to the negative tone of Jude the Obscure (1895), prompted Hardy to abandon writing novels altogether and he concentrated on poetry for the rest of his life. He died in January 1928.

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