Far from the Madding Crowd

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Bantam Books, Jun 1, 1983 - Fiction - 480 pages
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Set in his fictional Wessex countryside in southwest England, Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's breakthrough work. Though it was first published anonymously in 1874, the quick and tremendous success of Far from the Madding Crowd persuaded Hardy to give up his first profession, architecture, to concentrate on writing fiction. The story of the ill-fated passions of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors offers a spectacle of country life brimming with an energy and charm not customarily associated with Hardy. ("When Farmer Oak smiled, " the novel begins, "the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears. . . .")
----The text is based on the authoritative Wessex Edition of 1912, revised and corrected by Hardy himself.
----This edition is the companion volume to the Mobil Masterpiece Theatre WGBH television presentation broadcast on PBS. It stars Paloma Baeza as Bathsheba Everdene, Nathaniel Parker as Gabriel Oak, Nigel Terry as Mr. Boldwood, and Jonathan Firth as Frank Troy. Adapted by Philomena
McDonagh, Far from the Madding Crowd is directed by Nick Renton.
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Review: Far from the Madding Crowd

User Review  - Apatt - Goodreads

"The heart wants what the heart wants" No, that is not from this book. I just thought it would be a good tagline for the next movie version of this classic. "Serve you right you silly cow" That is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary aka Grasshopper - Goodreads

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Who knew Thomas Hardy was such a romantic. After being bludgeoned reading about the fates of Casterbridge's Mayor, poor pretty Tess, and Jude the obtuse, I ... Read full review

About the author (1983)

Margaret Drabble edited The Oxford Companion to English Literature and The Genius of Thomas Hardy. Her novels include The Waterfall and The Gates of Ivory, and, most recently, The Witch of Exmoor and The Peppered Moth. She lives in England.


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