The Mayor of Casterbridge (Barnes & Noble Classics) (Paperback)

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By Thomas Hardy, Phillip Lopate (Introduction by)


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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.Thomas Hardy's first masterpiece, The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a scene of such heartlessness and cruelty that it still shocks readers today. A poor workman named Michael Henchard, in a fit of drunken rage, sells his wife and baby daughter to a stranger at a country fair. Stricken with remorse, Henchard forswears alcohol and works hard to become a prosperous businessman and the respected mayor of Casterbridge. But he cannot erase his past. His wife ultimately returns to offer Henchard the choice of redemption or a further descent into his own self-destructive nature. A dark, complex story, The Mayor of Casterbridge brims with invention, vitality, and even wit.
Phillip Lopate, a professor at Hofstra University in New York City, is best known as an essayist ( Bachelorhood, Against Joie De Vivre, Portrait of My Body ). He is the editor of the anthology Art of the Personal Essay and has written a novel, The Rug Merchant, and a book of poetry, The Daily Round.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781593083090
ISBN-10: 1593083092
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
Publication Date: November 1st, 2004
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics