Far from the Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy
Number of pages: 362
Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the story both upholds and questions rural values with a startlingly modern sensibility.
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by Thomas Hardy - The Macmillan Company
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by Thomas Hardy - MacMillan
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by Thomas Hardy - ManyBooks
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by Thomas Hardy - Feedbooks
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