Far from the Madding Crowd (Paperback)
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Far From The Madding Crowd By Thomas Hardy Gabriel Oak is living on borrowed time and borrowed funds - the young shepherd has taken a loan to lease a farm. He falls in love with a Bathsheba Everdene, a beauty eight years younger than him, but she refuses is proposal, preferring her independence. Eventually, Gabriel is financially ruined when an inexperienced sheep dog drives his flock over a cliff. While penniless and looking for work in Shottsford, he comes upon a fire and helps douse the flames. The owner of the property reveals herself to be Bathsheba's mother, who hires Gabriel. Bathsheba, meanwhile, has a new admirer: William Boldwood, a prosperous farmer.
About the Author
About the Author English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840 -1928) was a Victorian realist following in the tradition of George Eliot. His work was influenced by Romanticism, particularly William Wordsworth. He criticised much in Victorian society and the declining status of Britain's rural people. While Hardy regarded himself as a poet, he gained fame as the author of novels including Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). After his death his poems were lauded by Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden and Philip Larkin. Many of Hardy's books concern tragic characters struggling against their social circumstances and passions. They are often set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, which eventually came to include the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Hampshire and much of Berkshire, England. Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd, were listed in the top 50 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.