Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd


Introduction by: Rosemarie Morgan
Introduction by: Shannon Russell
Noted by: Rosemarie Morgan

Format
Paperback
Price
$10.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141439655
  • 480 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

Thomas Hardy’s impassioned novel of courtship in rural life
 
In Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success, 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, the 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. One of his first works set in the semi-fictional region 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 candor and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan’s introduction discusses the history of its publication, as well as the biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

Praise

“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
promo_SHOP
promo_EditorsDesk
promo_StaffPicks
promo_FirsttoRead_Small