The Thomas Hardy Collection

The Thomas Hardy Collection


By (author) Thomas Hardy, Read by Robert Powell, Read by Martin Shaw, Read by Lindsay Duncan

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  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 30mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 190614771X
  • ISBN 13: 9781906147716
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition

Product description

"Far From The Madding Crowd" - 'Wessex' and its scenery plays a starring role in this story of innocence lost, breaking free, unrequited love and unchecked desires. Examining the sometimes-detrimental relationships between men and women the story follows Bathsheba Everdene and five other central characters, all of whom, like nature, have their own particular virtues and flaws. "The Mayor of Casterbridge" - A novel that locates the onset of the Industrial Revolution in an impassioned and competitive relationship between two men. Michael Henchard has ascended in Casterbridge to become a successful businessman and the town mayor. However his deceitful ways alienate many of his allies, and he soon finds himself ousted by newcomer Donald Farfrae, whose political nous and logical thinking give him the upper hand. "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" - A complex, profound and heartbreaking novel. At the time Hardy's sensitive depiction of his heroine, an unmarried mother whose relationships with men lead to tragic consequences, was considered by some to be immoral. Yet it has remained a jewel of English literature. Bonus features: two short stories ("The Son's Veto" and "The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion") and a 1948 radio dramatisation of "The Return of the Native" starring Michael Redgrave.

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Author information

Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 - 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his fascination with the supernatural.

Table of contents

3 Classic Novels: Far From the Madding Crowd read by Robert Powell The Mayor of Casterbridge read by Martin Shaw Tess of the D'Urbervilles read by Martin Shaw and Lindsay Duncan 2 Unabridged Short Stories The Son's Veto read by Anna Massey the Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion read by Martin Jarvis 1 Radio Drama The Return of the Native starring Michael Redgrave