Far from the Madding Crowd Volume I Easy

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 1, 2006
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"Far from the Madding Crowd," the first of Hardy's novels that gave the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. In rural Victorian England, a headstrong young woman inherits her dead uncle's farm. Consequently, three very different men begin to pursue her to get her inheritance. With interesting twists, its a must-read!
 

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Contents

Volume I
1
CHAPTER V
73
CHAPTER VI
84
CHAPTER VII
108
CHAPTER VIII
117
CHAPTER IX
161
CHAPTER X
175
CHAPTER XI
191
CHAPTER XIII
216
CHAPTER XIV
226
CHAPTER XV
235
CHAPTER XVI
260
CHAPTER XVII
267
CHAPTER XVIII
273
CHAPTER XIX
284
CHAPTER XX
298

CHAPTER XII
204

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About the author (2006)

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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