The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge was written in 1884 and 1885, serialized in the Graphic from 2 January to 15 May 1886, and then published by Smith, Elder & Co. in 1886. It was the tenth of Hardy's novels to be published, but the first to be set in the county town of Dorchester, which he renamed "Casterbridge." The novel was written while Hardy was designing and then settling into Max Gate, the home he designed just outside Dorchester and only a few miles from his birthplace at Higher Bockhampton.

Hardy made several revisions to the novel, the first for an 1887 second edition published by Sampson Low, and a more extensive revision for the 1895 Osgood, McIlvaine & Co. uniform edition (of which The Mayor became the Volume 3). As he did for most of the novels, Hardy made a final revision for Macmillan's 1912 Wessex Edition of the novels.

The Mythic Hero and The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge and Classical Tragedy

Some sites associated with The Mayor of Casterbridge:

Map of Casterbridge

Town Hall, Corn Market, Dorchester

The Antelope Inn, Dorchester

Gray's Bridge, Dorchester

Ten Hatch's Weir, Dorchester

Henchard's House, Dorchester

Lucetta's House, Dorchester

Maumbury Rings

South Walks

High Street, Fordington, Dorchester

Fordington High Street, circa 1895

High Street, Dorchester, circa 1890

Hardy and the Barnes Theatre Company

The first manuscript page of The Mayor of Casterbridge

South Walks, Dorchester

High West Street, Dorchester

West Walks, Dorchester

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