The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy)
Wordsworth Editions Ltd: John Sutherland, University of London
"Hardy requires annotation and careful contextual placing...noted Victorian scholar Norman Page supplies this admirably."
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None of the great Victorian novels is more vivid and readable than The Mayor of Casterbridge. Set in the heart of Hardy's Wessex, the 'partly real, partly dream country' he founded on his native Dorset, it charts the rise and self-induced downfall of a single 'man of character'. The fast-moving and ingeniously contrived narrative is Shakespearian in its tragic force, and features some of the author's most striking episodes and brilliant passages of description.