The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy 1964 | Heritage Press

  • Author: Thomas Hardy; Agnes Miller Parker illustrator
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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: Illustrated

First Heritage Press edition thus. Decorated yellow cloth. Binding tight, square, spine sun faded, internally fine, unmarked. Features many wonderful woodcut illustrations by Agnes Miller Parker. Near Fine in VG slipcase.

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy is a tragic novel set in the fictional town of Casterbridge.

Michael Henchard, a young hay trusser, overindulges in rum-laced furmity and quarrels with his wife, Susan. Spurred by alcohol, he decides to auction off his wife and baby daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, to a sailor, Mr. Newson, for five guineas. Once sober the next day, he is too late to recover his family, particularly since his reluctance to reveal his own bad conduct keeps him from conducting an effective search. When he realizes that his wife and daughter are gone, probably for good, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far (21).

Nineteen years later, Henchard, now a successful grain merchant, is the eponymous Mayor of Casterbridge, known for his staunch sobriety. He is well respected for his financial acumen and his work ethic, but he is not well liked. Impulsive, selfish behavior and a violent temper are still part of his character, as are dishonesty and secretive activity.

This edition features many wonderful woodcut illustrations by Agnes Miller Parker. Reminiscent of the great Rockwell Kent and Lynd Ward.

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