Far from the madding crowd

Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928

Book - 2001

Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy's passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, "The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels." Introducing the ...fictional name of "Wessex" to describe Hardy's legendary countryside, this early masterpiece draws a vivid picture of rural life in southwest England. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1912 Wessex edition and features Hardy's map of Wessex.

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Series
Modern Library classics.
Subjects
Genres
Pastoral fiction
Didactic fiction
Love stories
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Modern Library ©2001.
Edition
2001 Modern Library ed
Language
English
Physical Description
xxii, 468 pages : map ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
037575797X
9780375757976
Main Author
Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928 (-)
Other Authors
Margaret Drabble, 1939- (writer of introduction), Tess O'Toole, 1962- (-)
  • Biographical Note
  • Introduction /
  • Margaret Drabble
  • Map of Wessex
  • Author's Preface
  • 1
  • Description of Farmer Oak
  • An Incident
  • (starting p. 1)
  • 2
  • Night
  • The Flock
  • An Interior
  • Another Interior
  • (starting p. 7)
  • 3
  • A Girl on Horseback
  • Conversation
  • (starting p. 15)
  • 4
  • Gabriel's Resolve
  • The Visit
  • The Mistake
  • (starting p. 24)
  • 5
  • Departure of Bathsheba
  • A Pastoral Tragedy
  • (starting p. 34)
  • 6
  • The Fair
  • The Journey
  • The Fire
  • (starting p. 40)
  • 7
  • Recognition
  • A Timid Girl
  • (starting p. 51)
  • 8
  • The Malthouse
  • The Chat
  • News
  • (starting p. 55)
  • 9
  • The Homestead
  • A Visitor
  • Half-Confidences
  • (starting p. 74)
  • 10
  • Mistress and Men
  • (starting p. 81)
  • 11
  • Outside the Barracks
  • Snow
  • A Meeting
  • (starting p. 88)
  • 12
  • Farmers
  • A Rule
  • An Exception
  • (starting p. 94)
  • 13
  • Sortes Sanctorum
  • The Valentine
  • (starting p. 100)
  • 14
  • Effect of the Letter
  • Sunrise
  • (starting p. 105)
  • 15
  • A Morning Meeting
  • The Letter Again
  • (starting p. 110)
  • 16
  • All Saints' and All Souls'
  • (starting p. 121)
  • 17
  • In the Market-Place
  • (starting p. 124)
  • 18
  • Boldwood in Meditation
  • Regret
  • (starting p. 127)
  • 19
  • The Sheep-Washing
  • The Offer
  • (starting p. 132)
  • 20
  • Perplexity
  • Grinding the Shears
  • A Quarrel
  • (starting p. 138)
  • 21
  • Troubles in the Fold
  • A Message
  • (starting p. 145)
  • 22
  • The Great Barn and the Sheep-Shearers
  • (starting p. 152)
  • 23
  • Eventide
  • A Second Declaration
  • (starting p. 163)
  • 24
  • The Same Night
  • The Fir Plantation
  • (starting p. 170)
  • 25
  • The New Acquaintance Described
  • (starting p. 177)
  • 26
  • Scene on the Verge of the Hay-Mead
  • (starting p. 181)
  • 27
  • Hiving the Bees
  • (starting p. 191)
  • 28
  • The Hollow Amid the Ferns
  • (starting p. 195)
  • 29
  • Particulars of a Twilight Walk
  • (starting p. 201)
  • 30
  • Hot Cheeks and Tearful Eyes
  • (starting p. 209)
  • 31
  • Blame
  • Fury
  • (starting p. 214)
  • 32
  • Night
  • Horses Tramping
  • (starting p. 223)
  • 33
  • In the Sun
  • A Harbinger
  • (starting p. 232)
  • 34
  • Home Again
  • A Trickster
  • (starting p. 240)
  • 35
  • At an Upper Window
  • (starting p. 251)
  • 36
  • Wealth in Jeopardy
  • The Revel
  • (starting p. 256)
  • 37
  • The Storm
  • The Two Together
  • (starting p. 265)
  • 38
  • Rain
  • One Solitary Meets Another
  • (starting p. 273)
  • 39
  • Coming Home
  • A Cry
  • (starting p. 277)
  • 40
  • On Casterbridge Highway
  • (starting p. 282)
  • 41
  • Suspicion
  • Fanny Is Sent For
  • (starting p. 289)
  • 42
  • Joseph and His Burden
  • Buck's Head
  • (starting p. 300)
  • 43
  • Fanny's Revenge
  • (starting p. 312)
  • 44
  • Under a Tree
  • Reaction
  • (starting p. 323)
  • 45
  • Troy's Romanticism
  • (starting p. 331)
  • 46
  • The Gurgoyle: Its Doings
  • (starting p. 336)
  • 47
  • Adventures by the Shore
  • (starting p. 344)
  • 48
  • Doubts Arise
  • Doubts Linger
  • (starting p. 347)
  • 49
  • Oak's Advancement
  • A Great Hope
  • (starting p. 353)
  • 50
  • The Sheep Fair
  • Troy Touches His Wife's Hand
  • (starting p. 359)
  • 51
  • Bathsheba Talks with Her Outrider
  • (starting p. 374)
  • 52
  • Converging Courses
  • (starting p. 383)
  • 53
  • Concurritur
  • Horae Momento
  • (starting p. 394)
  • 54
  • After the Shock
  • (starting p. 406)
  • 55
  • The March Following
  • "Bathsheba Boldwood"
  • (starting p. 411)
  • 56
  • Beauty in Loneliness
  • After All
  • (starting p. 416)
  • 57
  • A Foggy Night and Morning
  • Conclusion
  • (starting p. 426)
  • Notes
  • (starting p. 433)
  • Reading Group Guide
  • (starting p. 467)
  • A Note on the Text
  • (starting p. 469)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who must choose among three suitors in Wessex in the 1840s.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels.” Introducing the fictional name of “Wessex” to describe Hardy’s legendary countryside, this early masterpiece draws a vivid picture of rural life in southwest England. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1912 Wessex edition and features Hardy’s map of Wessex.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Far from the Madding Crowd , Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which . . . must hold its place among the great English novels.” Introducing the fictional name of “Wessex” to describe Hardy’s legendary countryside, this early masterpiece draws a vivid picture of rural life in southwest England. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1912 Wessex edition and features Hardy’s map of Wessex.