Far From the Madding Crowd
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership.
The novel is the first to be set in Thomas Hardy's Wessex in rural southwest England. It deals in themes of love, honour
and betrayal, against a backdrop of the seeming idyllic, but often harsh, realities of a farming community in Victorian England.
It describes the life and relationships of Bathsheba Everdene with her lonely neighbour William Boldwood, the faithful
shephard Gabriel Oak and the thriftless soldier Sergeant Troy.