Far from the Madding Crowd

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Penguin Random House, Apr 23, 2015 - Dorset (England) - 448 pages
'Every green was young, every pore was open, and every stalk was swollen with racing currents of juice'


Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy. The battle for her affections will have dramatic, tragic and surprising consequences in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.

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Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. His father was a stonemason. He was brought up near Dorchester and trained as an architect. In 1868 his work took him to St Juliot's church in Cornwall where he met his wife-to-be, Emma. His first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, was rejected by publishers but Desperate Remedieswas published in 1871 and this was rapidly followed by Under the Greenwood Tree(1872), A Pair of Blue Eyes(1873) and Far from the Madding Crowd(1874). He also wrote many other novels, poems and short stories. Tess of the D'Urbervilleswas published in 1891. His final novel was Jude the Obscure(1895). Hardy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1920 and the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1912. His wife died in 1912 and he later married his secretary. Thomas Hardy died 11 January 1928.

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