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The mayor of Casterbridge : the life and death of a man of character

Putting Henchard on trial for his behaviour enables this recording to get inside Hardy's novel. This audio GCSE guide combines a fully-cast dramatization of the text with the "hotseating" technique of questioning characters inside the book in order to give students access to the plot, historical background and the motivations of each character. It also offers advice and tips on planning and studying for exams and coursework.

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  • "嘉德橋市長"
  • "Mayor of Casterbridge"
  • "Life and death of the mayor of Casterbridge"@en
  • "Life and death of the mayor of Casterbridge"
  • "Jia de qiao shi zhang"@en
  • "Jia de qiao shi zhang"
  • "Life and death of the Mayor of Casterbridge"
  • "Life and death of the Mayor of Casterbridge"@en
  • "Life and death of a man of character"@en

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  • "Putting Henchard on trial for his behaviour enables this recording to get inside Hardy's novel. This audio GCSE guide combines a fully-cast dramatization of the text with the "hotseating" technique of questioning characters inside the book in order to give students access to the plot, historical background and the motivations of each character. It also offers advice and tips on planning and studying for exams and coursework."@en
  • "In Thomas Hardy's classic novel, an ambitious man discovers that the blind energies and defiant acts that brought him to power can also destroy him."@en
  • "Set in Wessex, England, shortly before 1830, this story is about the blind energies and defiant acts that bring an ambitious man to power, but can also destroy him."@en
  • ""The story opens when an unemployed farmhand, Michael Henchard, sells his wife, Susan, and daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, while in a drunken stupor at a fair, for five guineas to a sailor called Newson. On sobering up the following day, Henchard is filled with remorse, swears a twenty year abstinence from alcohol and begins a search for his family. Eighteen years later the reformed Henchard has become the mayor of Casterbridge, but his past is set to haunt him and tragedy to dog him. Thus the scene is set for an epic tale of human weakness and resolution, despair and conflict, disappearance and reappearance, as both economic and emotional fortunes rise and fall against the backdrop of the Wessex Hardy loved and wrote about so powerfully."--Jacket."@en
  • "This is the extended annotated edition including a rare biographical essay on the life and works of the author. In the setting of this story we recognize much of our author's old power. The quiet rural town is set as distinctly before us as Cranford is. But the people to whom Mr. Hardy introduces us upon its streets are not the people Mrs. Gaskeil makes us know and love. There is to our mind not a really attractive character in the whole book. The good ones have a tendency to become commonplace, the bad ones can hardly be said to be interesting. It is true that Michael Henchard, the self-made hero, is a remarkable character study from the point of view of a psychologist or a sociologist, but that does not make him a proper hero for a novel, and we are forced to conclude that even the genius of Mr. Hardy cannot long sustain its eagle flight when, to borrow a metaphor from Shelley, its wings are cramped by the constraining folds of the serpent of pessimism."
  • "Under the influence of rum furmity, Michael Henchard, a hay-trusser by trade, sells his wife Susan and their child Elizabeth-Jane to Newson, a sailor, for five guineas. Years later, Susan, now a widow, arrives in Casterbridge, with Elizabeth-Jane, to seek her legal husband. To their surprise, Henchard is now the Mayor of Casterbridge. The plot develops, and Fate contives for him to be punished for the recklessness of his younger days._______________"@en
  • "Michael Henchard, an unemployed farmhand, gets drunk and sells his wife and baby daughter. Years later, when he is the Mayor of Casterbridge, his past is brought back to haunt him and he reverts to drinking."@en
  • "Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter on a drunken impulse at a local fair. Eighteen years later his temperament again thwarts his attempts to make amends. Henchard is a modern-day tragic hero, but his story is also a journey towards love. This edition is the only critically established text of Hardy's novel."@en
  • "Tragedy of man's ignorance of man, in which an intoxicated young man sells his wife and child at auction for five pounds."@en
  • "The moving, humane tragedy of a deeply flawed and self-destructive man, The Mayor of Casterbridge is the story of Michael Henchard, who sells his wife and baby daughter at a country fair in a fit of drunken anger."
  • "Hardy's novel begins with the famous scene in which Michael Henchard, a young farmer, gets drunk at a village fair and sells his wife and baby daughter to a passing sailor for five guineas. The consequences of this impulsive act are regrettable and far-reaching, and culminate in Henchard's ruin and his death in obscurity as a lonely old man. Henchard is similar to the heroes of Greek tragedies who destroy themselves through weaknesses in their own character."
  • "Hardy's novel begins with the famous scene in which Michael Henchard, a young farmer, gets drunk at a village fair and sells his wife and baby daughter to a passing sailor for five guineas. The consequences of this impulsive act are regrettable and far-reaching, and culminate in Henchard's ruin and his death in obscurity as a lonely old man. Henchard is similar to the heroes of Greek tragedies who destroy themselves through weaknesses in their own character."@en
  • "Michael Henchard, an unemployed farmhand, gets drunk and sells his wife and baby daughter. Years later, when he is the Mayor of Casterbridge, his past is brought back to haunt him, and he reverts to drinking."@en
  • "Michael Henchard, an unemployed farmhand, gets drunk and sells his wife and baby daughter. Years later, when he is the Mayor of Casterbridge, his past is brought back to haunt him, and he reverts to drinking."
  • "Life and death of a man of character."
  • "The mayor of Casterbridge is haunted by his past when, as an unemployed farmhand, he sold his wife and daughter while in a drunken stupor."@en
  • "Regarded as a towering figure in nineteenth-century British literature, Thomas Hardy ranks among the most acclaimed of the Victorian realists. Though he achieved more popular success for works such as Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d'Urbervilles, most critics now see The Mayor of Casterbridge as Harding's crowning accomplishment. This novel traces the ascension of Michael Henchard from a hardscrabble manual laborer to a pillar of his community ..."@en
  • "One of Thomas Hardy's novels set in a fictionalised rural southwest England. It follows the story of Michael Henchard, the Mayor of Casterbridge, who tries to hide his tragic past. Casterbridge is based on the real town of Dorchester in Dorset."@en
  • "The blind energies and defiant acts that bring an ambitious man to power can also destroy him. This is the themethat Thomas Hardy explores through his portrait of his greatest and most tragic hero-Michael Henchard."@en
  • "If you are either learning Albanian, or learning English as a second language (ESL) as a Albanian speaker, this book is for you. There are many editions of The Mayor of Casterbridge. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your Albanian-English vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advanced of college examinations. Each page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of uncommon words highlighted in the text. Not only will you experience a great classic, but learn the richness of the English language with Albanian synonyms at the bottom of each page. You will not see a full translation of the English text, but rather a running bilingual thesaurus to maximize the reader's exposure to the subtleties of both languages."
  • ""The tragic story of Michael Henchard and his painful quest to be forgotten -- an unforgettable tale of love, greed, and loss"--P. [4] of cover."@en
  • "Michael Henchard, a Dorset man, sells his wife and child to an unknown sailor. The story shows the lifelong result of this folly."
  • "Tragedy of man's ignorance of man in which an intoxicated young husband sells his wife and child at auction for five pounds."@en
  • "Een landarbeider, die in het 19e eeuwse Engeland is opgeklommen tot graanhandelaar en burgemeester, krijgt een rivaal en wordt tegelijkertijd geconfronteerd met een kwalijke daad uit zijn verleden."
  • "A cruel joke at a country fair goes too far when a drunken laborer auctions off his wife and child to the highest bidder. Rich in descriptive powers and steeped in irony, Hardy's gripping tale unfolds amid a rural English community. It offers a spellbinding portrayal of ambition, rivalry, revenge, and repentance."@en
  • "The story of Michael Henchard, a callous grain merchant and town mayor, who finds that his cruelty has come back to haunt him."@en
  • "The story of Michael Henchard, a callous grain merchant and town mayor, who finds that his cruelty has come back to haunt him."
  • "Includes a biographical sketch of Thomas Hardy, a synopsis of the story, Hardy's philosophy of life, character sketches, and more."
  • "Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town."
  • "Under the influence of rum, Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a sailor. Years later, the widowed wife returns to find her husband the Mayor of Casterbridge."@en
  • "While drunk, the young Michael Henchard sells his wife. Repenting, he gives up drink and builds himself into a powerful man, but never manages to overcome his reckless and defiant nature."
  • "The Mayor of Casterbridge tells the story of Michael Henchard, a young man who, in a moment of drunken rage, auctions off his wife and young daughter at a country fair. In his sober regret, he swears to abstain from alcohol for twenty-one years. He goes on to be successful, as the Mayor of the fictional town of Casterbridge, but he is disliked, still retaining the impulsive, violent temper that led to the loss of his family. His secrets and lies eventually ensnare him and his downfall allows for author Thomas Hardy's thematic exploration of responsibility, character, and the inevitable revelation of truth."@en
  • "Presents the annotated text of "The Mayor of Casterbridge," a novel about a man whose past misdeeds come back to haunt him after he rises to a position of wealth and power; and includes articles on backgrounds and contexts, as well as seventeen critical essays."
  • "The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a shocking and haunting scene: In a drunken rage, Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a visiting sailor at a local fair. When they return to Casterbridge some nineteen years later, Henchard--having gained power and success as the mayor--finds he cannot erase the past or the guilt that consumes him. The Mayor of Casterbridge is a rich, psychological novel about a man whose own flaws combine with fate to cause his ruin."@en
  • "An actual case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, Henchard rises to a position of wealth and power-only to suffer a most bitter downfall."@en
  • "Literature Online includes the KnowledgeNotes student guides, a unique collection of critical introductions to major literary works. These high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources are tailored to the needs of literature students and serve as a complement to the guidance provided by lecturers and seminar teachers."@en
  • "Literature Online includes the KnowledgeNotes student guides, a unique collection of critical introductions to major literary works. These high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources are tailored to the needs of literature students and serve as a complement to the guidance provided by lecturers and seminar teachers."
  • "This is the story of a common field laborer, Michael Henshard, who becomes a leader in a small market town and then through his own failure sinks back miserably to his humble beginnings."

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