The Mayor of Casterbridge (Bantam Classics)

  • Publish Date: 1981-03-01
  • Binding: Mass Market Paperback
  • Author: Thomas Hardy

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From its spectacular openingthe astonishing scene in which drunken Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a passing sailor at a county fairto the breathtaking series of discoveries at its conclusion, The Mayor of Casterbridge claims a unique place among Thomas Hardys finest and most powerful novels.

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 poweronly to suffer a most bitter downfall. Proud, obsessed, ultimately committed to his own destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has said, Hardys Lord Jimhis only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction.

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