Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd
Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd

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Far From the Madding Crowd was serialised in The Cornhill Magazine before it was published in book form. Hardy’s first novel, Under the Greenwood Tree, had come to the attention of the Cornhill’s editor, Leslie Stephen, who wrote to Hardy expressing interest in publishing his next work. Only by good luck did the letter arrive: the postman gave it to some children who carelessly dropped it in the mud. Fortunately a farm labourer found and delivered it: a significant piece of good fortune for Hardy. At the beginning of this next short video when Jonathan Gibson mentions ‘Stephen’ he is referring to Leslie Stephen, the Cornhill editor.

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Figure 3 Cover of Cornhill magazine January 1874.

Activity 2

Watch this next film clip now, paying particular attention to the discussion of the importance of the location and setting of Far From the Madding Crowd.

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Discussion

That clip emphasises the significance for Hardy of the district he lived in and fictionalised. The miles that his characters walk across the heathland, and the pattern that the movement of those walks makes, helps to provide a structure for the novel and reminds us of the time it takes for the characters to travels from one location to another.

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