The Mayor of Casterbridge Author:Thomas Hardy In The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy for the first time turned his superb talents as a novelist to the creation of a central tragic character. As a result, and although it is the tenth of his fourteen novels, The Mayor of Casterbridge is usually recognized as the first one of unquestioned greatness. In its focus upon a single towering figu... more »re it serves as a worthy and logical predecessor to the author's incomparable Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
The Mayor of Casterbridge tells with stark simplicity the painfully dramatic story of Michael Henchard, "a man of character," whose life is determined and ultimately destroyed by his youthful and drunken act of selling his wife at auction. One of the world's great narratives of delayed but inevitable retribution, The Mayor of Casterbridge has been repeatedly hailed as an undeniable masterpiece.« less