London: Octopus Books, 1982. Complete and Unabridged. First UK Edition. Heavy item, additional handling fees for local delivery. USED - Good/ Very Good. Green leatherette boards with gilt lettering to spine and front board. Gilted edges. Marbled endpapers. Overall light shelfwear, with some rubbing along spine hinge. Corners of boards slightly bent. Text block toned. Clean and unmarked. Binding tight and square. 15.5 x 24 x 5 cm. 735 pp. / No dust jacket (as issued). Item #15531
The quintessential Victorian novelist of unforgettable characters caught in their inescapable fates: with unfailing honesty and lyrical writing, Thomas Hardy captured his heroes' intimate relationship with the natural and social environment. Here are three of his finest works, presented in their entirety. Tess of the Durbervilles tells the tragic tale of a poor young girl's coming of age and her traumatic relationships with two men: the wealthy and cold Alec D'Urberville and the beautiful, but unforgiving Angel Clare. Michael Henchard, the title character of The Mayor of Casterbridge, reaches the pinnacles of power-only to lose everything through folly and bad luck. Set in Hardy's beloved Wessex, and always attentive to the struggles of everyday life in the farming community, Far From the Madding Crowd centers on Bathsheba Everdene and the men who love her.