The Mayor of Casterbridge, is Thomas Hardy's compelling exploration of Michael Henchard's attempts to atone for having sold his wife and daughter at a village fair. This atonement starts a chain of events leading to tragedy and Henchard's own ultimate destruction. The dramatic story and structural parallel to Shakespeare's King Lear suggests that humankind has the nobility and strength to endure.
Original title: The Mayor of Casterbridge
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics