Thomas Hardy's classic novel of rivalry and misplaced love with a new introduction by academic and poet, Professor Mark Ford.
Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840. His first published novel was Desperate Remedies in 1871. Thus began a series of increasingly dark novels, all set within the rural landscape of his native Dorset. Such was the success of these early works, which included A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), that he gave up his work as an architect to concentrate on his writing. However, he had difficulty publishing Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1889) and was forced to make changes in order for it to be judged suitable for family readers. This, coupled with the stormy reaction to the negative tone of Jude the Obscure (1895), prompted Hardy to abandon writing novels altogether and he concentrated on poetry for the rest of his life. He died in January 1928.
Far From the Madding Crowd is the first of Thomas Hardy's
great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note for which his
fiction is best remembered -- Margaret Drabble
I have always loved this author whose writing so romantically and evocatively captures the essence of that part of England * The Australian *
The imagined Wessex . . . appealed to a nostalgic appetite for vanishing pastoral traditions among the urbanized population of Victorian Britain -- Dinah Birch * Guardian *
Hardy's natural modesty and reticence were such that he stood at the back of the crowd until he was noticed and escorted to a place of honour * Guardian *