The Mayor of Casterbridge, originally published in 1886, 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. Winner of the Gramophone Critic's Choice Award for Reading Performance. A Cover to Cover Unabridged Classic. 8 cassettes.