Far from the Madding Crowd

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Oxford University Press, Jul 9, 1998 - Fiction - 528 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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User Review  - yizhou - LibraryThing

This book is talk about a beautiful girl who loved by three young men, and this beautiful girl Bathsheba married with Troy who was the worst guy of the three young men. Because the Troy was romantic ... Read full review

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User Review  - hitomik - LibraryThing

This is a love story, and there are five people who fall in love with someone. However, there were only two people who at last became happy, and others couldn’t be happy at all. I felt sorry for them, but anyway, it was good that Gabriel, a quite earnest became happy. Read full review

Contents

General Editors Preface
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Note on the Text
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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD i
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Thomas Hardy (1840 1928), enduring author of the twentieth century, wrote the classics Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and many other works.

Falck-Yi is Teacher of English at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Simon Gatrell is Professor of English at the University of Georgia. Nancy Barrineau is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Margaret R. Higonnet is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut.

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