Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success.
Published in 1874, it tells the tale of Gabriel Oak, one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and the respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.
Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) was an English novelist and poet of the naturalist movement.
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