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“Of all the great Victorian novelists, Hardy is the one who consistently requires most annotation and careful contextual placing. The density of regional reference, the often complex composition, publication and reception histories, the author’s vexed relationship with his age―all call for tactful but learned editing. The noted Victorian scholar Norman Page supplies this admirably for Broadview Press’s Mayor of Casterbridge. This is the edition I shall use and prescribe in the future.” ― John Sutherland, University of London--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I went on a Thomas Hardy tear and, in the span of few months, read Tess, Madding Crowd, Casterbridge, & Jude. I'd rank them in that order. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nathan Meyers
To my surprise, I found the book riveting. The characters are extremely vivid, and Hardy pulls off a tragic novel about a hero who is probably most memorable because of his flaws. Read morePublished 22 days ago by M. Heartsworn
It's a classic,what can I say? Thomas Hardy's themes of Fate & destiny & "stuff happens" are all evident. This is a book of the mayor's character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by joan e. dugan
This is the book that first introduced me to Thomas Hardy many years ago. I have decided recently to reread the ones I have read before and acquire all the ones I haven't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Wilson
Excellent work,Hardy is a master with language,great plot,well designed life lessons. and a gripping rags to riches to rags look at life in old EnglandPublished 1 month ago by laurel a mckinney
1820's Wessex, England a young man Michael Henchard sold his wife and child to a sailor for five guineas this the work of an old lady who sold Good Furmity, boiled milk and wheat... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mitylene Kuc