Far From The Madding Crowd

Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior,...

The Hand Of Ethelberta

The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters is a novel by Thomas Hardy, published in 1876. At the beginning of the book, we are told that Ethelberta was raised in humble...

The Mayor Of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels...

Under The Greenwood Tree, Or, The Mellstock Quire; A Rural Painting Of The Dutch School

PREFACEThis story of the Mellstock Quire and its old established west-gallery musicians, with some supplementary descriptions of similar officials in Two on a Tower, A Few Crusted...

The Trumpet Major

Set in Wessex during the Napoleonic Wars The Trumpet Major is Hardy's historical masterpiece skilfully depicting local life, fears of the press gang, invasion, the beauty of...

Jude The Obscure

The novel tells the story of Jude Fawley, who lives in a village in the southern English region of Wessex who yearns to be a scholar. As a youth, Jude teaches himself Greek and...

A Laodicean; or, The Castle of the De Stancys. A Story of Today

Subtitled "A Story of To-day," A Laodicean occupies a unique place in the Thomas Hardy canon. Departing from pre-industrial Wessex, Hardy brings his themes of social constraint,...

The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native (1878) is one of Hardy's most popular novels. Set on the brooding Egdon heath it traces the lives and loves of five people. Clym Yeobright, the native,...

The Return of the Native

Return of the Native is one of Thomas Hardy’s most powerful works. Clym Yeobright, the returning native, comes home to the haunted Wessex moors after a cosmopolitan life in...

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D’Urbervilles tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family’s poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles. Violated by the son, Alec, her...

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