The mayor of casterbridge the life and death of a man of character is an 1886 novel by the english author thomas hardy one of hardys wessex novels it is set in a fictional rural england with casterbridge standing in for dorchester in dorset where the author spent his youth. Characters see a complete list of the characters in the mayor of casterbridge and in depth analyses of michael henchard donald farfrae elizabeth jane newson and lucetta templeman. The next day realizing his loss he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far eighteen years later henchard has become mayor of casterbridge a man well respected but not well liked. So begins the mayor of casterbridge thomas hardys gripping tale of a mans rise and fall amid the natural beauty and human brutality of a rural english community first published serially in 1886 the novel was praised by critics for its realism and poetic style. The mayor of casterbridge has 49244 ratings and 1868 reviews karen said this is hardys most perfectly constructed novel there are others that are m
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