Far from the Madding Crowd (Paperback)
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Far from the Madding Crowd (Paperback)

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Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's first major literary success, and it edited with an introduction and notes by Rosemarie Morgan and Shannon Russell in Penguin Classics.

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, 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. The first of his works set in the fictional county 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 candour and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan's introduction discusses the history of its publication, and the Biblical and Classical allusions that permeate the novel.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), born Higher Brockhampton, near Dorchester, originally trained as an architect before earning his living as a writer. Though he saw himself primarily as a poet, Hardy was the author of some of the late eighteenth century's major novels: The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891), Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), and Jude the Obscure (1895). Amidst the controversy caused by Jude the Obscure, he turned to the poetry he had been writing all his life. In the next thirty years he published over nine hundred poems and his epic drama in verse, The Dynasts.

If you enjoyed Far from the Madding Crowd, you might also like Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton.

'Wonderful ... a landscape which satisfies every stir of the imagination and which ravishes the senses'
Ronald Blythe

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141439655
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


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"Far from the Madding Crowd is the first of Thomas Hardy's great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note
for which his fiction is best remembered."
-Margaret Drabble

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“Rural splendour,temptation and pride”

Whilst Dickens is celebrated for his vivid depictions of urbanisation and the squalor of the city with attendant social vices and alienation, Hardy is undoubtedly the most accomplished literary artist of the... More

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“Wonderful Edition!”

I absolutely love the Penguin Classics in their clothbound collection. This particular one has such wonderful, old colours and looks beautiful on a bookcase. Unfortunately the barcode is stuck onto the material at the... More

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“Beautifully written”

This is a well thought out and clever composition, full of beautiful descriptions which allow the author to show off his vast array of knowledge. Each character is well developed over the course of the book and the... More

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