The Mayor of Casterbridge The Life and Death of a Man of

‘ I’ve not always been what I am now’In a fit of drunken anger Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair Over the course of the following years he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self destructive pride and temper Subtitled ‘A Story of a Man of Character’ Hardy’s powerful and sympathetic study of the heroic but deeply flawed Henchard is also an intensely dramatic work tragically played out against the vivid backdrop of a close knit Dorsetshire town


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