ISBN: 9789385031564 Pages: 240 Size: 197 x 138 mm Format: Hardback Weight: 350 gm.
About The Book
Michael Henchard, an unemployed hay-trusser, in a state of drunkenness sells his wife Susan and daughter Elizabeth-Jane for five guineas to a sailor during a fair at Weydon-Priors. When Henchard realises his mistake, he vows to stay away from liquor for 21 years. Eighteen years later, Susan and Elizabeth-Jane return in search of Henchard and come to know that he now lives in Casterbridge. Meanwhile, Henchard has become the Mayor of Casterbridge and Newson, the sailor to whom Henchard had auctioned off his wife has gone missing. Donald Farfrae, a young Scotsman, has been hired by Henchard as his business manager. By a twist of fate, Henchard goes bankrupt and is compelled to work as Farfrae’s employee.Henchard’s brief relationship with Lucetta—the one who had nursed him back to health—no longer remains a secret. After a few years, Elizabeth-Jane marries Donald Farfrae and when she goes looking for Henchard, she learns that he has left a will requesting no funeral. Published in 1886, Thomas Hardy’s classic is a must-have for every young reader.
About Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy was an English poet and novelist. He was bon in the village of Upper Bockhampton in Dorset, England in 1840, His father was a stone mason as well as a violinist. His mother was an avid reader and thanks to his parents, Hardy was introduced to architecture and music and grew to love them. These interests were evident in his novels as well as the lifestyles of the country folk. So was his passion for all types of literature. Hardy taught himself Latin, German and French by reading the books he found in Dorchester, the nearby town. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to a local architect but would study in the evenings with Greek scholar Horace Moule. In 1862, Hardy was sent to London to work with the architect Arthur Blomfield. For five years, Hardy studied the cultural scene in London as well as classic literature. He chose to return to Dorchester and took with him the burning desire to write Hardy's most accomplished literary works include The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Return of the Native, and Far from the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy died in 1928 aged 87 after a long and highly successful life. But his legacy shall live on forever.