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Far from the Madding Crowd
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Thomas Hardy Rosemarie Morgan
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy Rosemarie Morgan Shannon Russell


9780141439655

Penguin Classics


Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Literature, Poetry & Criticism


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480 pages

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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.

By:   Thomas Hardy
Introduction by:   Rosemarie Morgan
Edited by:   Shannon Russell
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   330g
ISBN:   9780141439655
ISBN 10:   0141439653
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   May 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and wrote both poetry and novels, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. He died in 1928. Rosemarie Morgan teaches in the English department at Yale University. Shannon Russell holds a post doctoral Fellowship specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature at Oxford.


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


  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
  • Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
  • Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
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