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978-0-553-21024-8 / 9780553210248

The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Publisher:Bantam Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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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 Jim&his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction.

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