Far From the Madding Crowd Author:Thomas Hardy The Macmillan Students' Hardy is specifically intended for those reading Hardy's novels and poems with no previous knowledge of his life or background. This edition is, therefore, well-suited for students at first examinations. The text of each novel has been carefully re-edited from the original Wessex edition (1912). As well as an introduct... more »ion and explanatory notes, each book includes a chronological list of the main events of Hardy's life, a glossary of place names, a map showing the setting of the novel, and eight pages of illustrations.
Far From the Madding Crowd concerns the love affairs of the beautiful and independent young heiress, Bathsheba Everdene, her wooing by the tenderest of suitors, Gabriel Oak, her marriage to the fascinating but faithless Sergeant Troy, and the affair with Squire Boldwood which ends in disaster. In this account of the love of these three men and their influence on Bathsheba, Hardy shows a deep understanding of human emotion, and this is one of the greatest of his love stories.« less