The Life and Death of The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Life and Death of The Mayor of Casterbridge: A story of a man of character
by Thomas Hardy
First published in 1886, this is among Hardy's Wessex novels. At a country fair near Casterbridge, Wessex, a young hay-trusser named Michael Henchard gets drunk on rum-laced furmity and quarrels with his wife, Susan. He decides to auction off his wife and baby daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, to a sailor, Mr. Newson, for five guineas. Sober the next day, he is too late to recover his family. When he realises that his wife and daughter are gone, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far (21).
382 pages. This edition 1961 by Macmillan & Co.
Original binding with intact dust jacket. Library catalog indicator on spine.
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