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SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide to The Mayor of Casterbridge (Dramatised) Audiobook

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Full-cast performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the novel. Hardy's world is brought to life in this vivid drama that sets the scene, tells the tale, and puts the characters on trial using theatre-in-education techniques to examine the leaden gloom of one who has lost all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Landrun01 | 5/23/2011

    " A reading that stays in my mind many years later - I think probably influenced my writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Greg | 5/18/2011

    " This is perhaps one of the greatest Victorian novels I have ever read. Hardy is the master of literature. His characters are unforgettable, his storytelling is priceless. More than likely, I will re-read this novel in the near future. A masterful work by a masterful author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " I think this is Hardy's best novel. Certainly my favourite. Not as pity-inducing as Tess, but equally riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Summer | 5/3/2011

    " I really liked this, its a wonderful classic. "

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Author Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) studied under an architect engaged in church restoration, then left Dorchester for London when he was twenty-two to pursue his profession. The idyllic rural life he left behind became inspiration for poetry that publishers rejected; so, while continuing his architecture career, he turned to the novel. Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) was such a success that he became a novelist full-time. While some of his novels were marketable commodities only, several are masterpieces to this day: Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), The Trumpet-Major (1880), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1896). Most of his novels tended toward the tragic, illustrating a deterministic philosophy; Tess alarmed the religious, and readers generally were revolted by the horrors of Jude. Hardy was dubbed an atheist by some of his critics and so discouraged by their rejection of these last works that he abandoned the novel and returned to verse. The pinnacle of his successful poetry late in life was his epic drama The Dynasts (1903–04,1906,1908), which embodied his concept of the Immanent Will. The 1914 war and its aftermath shook his agnosticism; in his “Apology” to Late Lyrics and Earlier, he called for an alliance of religion and science with poetry being the intermediary.