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Pursued by three devoted suitors, Bathsheba Everdine, a beautiful farm owner, allows her passions to run wild. She chooses Seargeant Troy, a dashing and unscrupulous lout, and pays dearly for it. She drives poor Farmer Boldwood to the brink of insanity and beyond. And all along, patient and steady Gabriel Oak tends her sheep and manages her estate, scarcely dreaming that in the end, his friendship and loyalty will be amply rewarded.
As Virginia Woolf noted, "The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective man, the man of learning, all enlisted to produce a book which, however fashion may chop and change, must hold its place among the great English novels."
About the Author
Margaret Drabble edited The Oxford Companion to English Literature and The Genius of Thomas Hardy. Her novels include The Waterfall and The Gates of Ivory, and, most recently, The Witch of Exmoor and The Peppered Moth. She lives in England.
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