None of the great Victorian novels is more vivid and readable than The Mayor of Casterbridge. Set in the heart of Hardy’s Wessex, the ‘partly real, partly dream country’ he founded on his native Dorset, it charts the rise and self-induced downfall of a single ‘man of character’.
Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge
“I won't be a slave to the past. I'll love where I choose.”