The great Victorian writer Thomas Hardy occupies the unique position of being both a major novelist and a poet. Such masterworks as The Return of the Native and Tess of the D'Urbervilles make Hardy required reading in literature courses. The Mayor of Casterbridge displays all the elements that have made Hardy so enduringly significant and popular: a well-crafted plot, brilliant psychological insight into his characters, an evocative rural English setting and an absolute command of the novelist's art. Unabridged republication of the work as originally published by Macmillan, London, 1912.
Tragedy haunts the works of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), whose fiction abounds in star-crossed lovers and other characters thwarted by fate or their own shortcomings. Hardy's outspoken criticism of Victorian society excited such profound controversy that the author abandoned fiction and in the 20th century published only poetry.