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Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy, whose writing immortalized the Wessex countryside and dramatized his sense of the inevitable tragedy of life, was born at Upper Bockhampton, near Stinsford in Dorset in 1840, the eldest child of a prosperous stonemason. As a youth he trained as an architect and in 1862 obtained a post in London. During his time he began seriously to write poetry, which remained his first literary love and his last. In 1867-68, his first novel was refused publication, but Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), his first Wessex novel, did well enough to convince him to continue writing. In 1874, Far from... Read More

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April 14, 2015
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Far from the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 2015
Price: $9.00

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $24.00

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $1.99

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: New Canadian Library
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $1.99

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 11, 2001
Price: $7.95

Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective... Read more >
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1983
Price: $5.95

Set in his fictional Wessex countryside in southwest England, Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's breakthrough work. 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... Read more >
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $2.99

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Hardy: Poems

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 10, 1995
Price: $14.95

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition contains poems from Moments of Vision, Satires of Circumstance, Veteris Vestigia Flammae, Heredity, Short Stories, Afterwards, and an index of first lines. Read more >
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Hardy: Poems

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 14, 2014
Price: $8.99

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Jude the Obscure

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Rosellen Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $10.00

Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure shocked Victorian critics and readers with a frank depiction of sexuality and an unbridled indictment of the institutions of marriage, education, and religion, reportedly causing one Angli-can bishop to order the book publicly burned. The experience so exhausted Hardy that... Read more >
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Jude the Obscure

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 15, 1992
Price: $25.00

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Jude the Obscure

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1985
Price: $5.95

In 1895 Hardy's final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude... Read more >
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Jude the Obscure

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $1.99

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 25, 1993
Price: $18.00

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by J.I.M. Stewart


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $9.00

One of Hardy’s most powerful novels, The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a shocking and haunting scene: In a drunken rage, Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a visiting sailor at a local fair. When they return to Casterbridge some nineteen years later, Henchard—having gained power and success as... Read more >
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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1981
Price: $5.99

The Mayor of Casterbridge, originally published in 1886, is Thomas Hardy's compelling exploration of Michael Henchard's attempts to atone for having sold his wife and daughter at a village fair. This atonement starts a chain of events leading to tragedy and Henchard's own ultimate destruction. The dramatic story and structural parallel... Read more >
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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 29, 2005
Price: $5.99

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The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Alexander Theroux


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $8.95

One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, The Return of the Native centers famously on Egdon Heath, the wild, haunted Wessex moor that D. H. Lawrence called "the real stuff of tragedy." The heath's changing face mirrors the fortunes of the farmers, inn-keepers, sons, mothers, and lovers who populate the novel... Read more >

The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 1992
Price: $23.00

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The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1982
Price: $6.00

This fine novel sets in opposition two of Thomas Hardy's most unforgettable creations: his heroine, the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye, and the solemn, majestic stretch of upland in Dorsetshire he called Egdon Heath. The famous opening reveals the haunting power of that dark, forbidding moon where proud Eustacia fervently awaits a... Read more >

The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $5.99

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $23.00

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 2015
Price: $9.00

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles
A Pure Woman
Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by James Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $10.00

Etched against the background of a dying rural society, Tess of the d’Urbervilles was Thomas Hardy’s “bestseller,” and Tess Durbeyfield remains his most striking and tragic heroine. Of all the characters he created, she meant the most to him. Hopelessly torn between two men—Alec d’Urberville, a wealthy, dissolute young man who... Read more >
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