The Mayor of Casterbridge: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
The text of this edition is based on the Wessex Edition of 1912, which was revised and corrected by the author.
It has been collated with the Mellstock Edition of 1920, for which Hardy submitted final corrections.
"Backgrounds and Contexts" provides new and invaluable source material on Victorian Dorset and, in particular, Dorchester, Hardy’s native home and the town upon which Casterbridge is based. Included are six of Hardy’s nonfiction writings, notably excerpts from his essay "The Dorsetshire Laboure" (1883), in which he frankly comments on the social changes he has witnessed in the county. Hardy’s Wessex is further examined in an essay by Michael Millgate, by maps of Casterbridge and Wessex, and by a key to local place names. Christine Winfield discusses the novel’s manuscript and its complicated history.
"Criticism" collects seventeen wide-ranging assessments of the novelsix new to the Second Editionfrom both contemporary and modern critics, including Virginia Woolf, Albert J. Guerard, Julian Moynahan, John Paterson, Michael Millgate, Irving Howe, J. Hillis Miller, Ian Gregor, Elaine Showalter, George Levine, William Greenslade, H. M. Daleski, and Suzanne Keen.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
About the Author
Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), enduring author of the twentieth century, wrote the classics Jude the Obscure, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and many other works.
Phillip Mallett is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of chapters and articles on a number of Victorian and earlier writers, and editor of several texts and collections of essays, including Kipling Considered, Rudyard Kipling: Limits and Renewals, A Spacious Vision: Essays on Thomas Hardy (with Ronald Draper), Satire, The Achievement of Thomas Hardy, and the Norton Critical Edition of The Mayor of Casterbridge, Second Edition.
Date of Birth:June 2, 1840
Date of Death:January 11, 1928
Place of Birth:Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England
Place of Death:Max Gate, Dorchester, England
Education:Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks