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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge

Library Databases

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Read or Search Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge Online

Full text of Thomas Hardy's The Major of Casterbridge is available on the Web at:

Print copies are also available in Truxal Library.

Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about The Mayor of Casterbridge. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • British Writers [vol 4]
  • Contemporary Authors [vol 123]
  • The Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vols 3, 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 2]
  • Masterplots [vol 7]
  • Modern British Literature [vols 2, 4, 5]
  • Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals;
    • [vol 32] - locate the topical essay "The Victorian Novel"
    • [vol 140] - locate the topical essay "Ecocriticism and Nineteenth-Century Literature"
  • Novels for Students [vol 15]
  • Oxford Reader’s Companion to Hardy
  • Thomas Hardy: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings about Him
  • A Thomas Hardy Dictionary
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 4, 10, 18, 32, 48, 72, 143, 153] - check under Mayor of Casterbridge in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Hardy, Thomas

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Thomas Hardy, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

eBook Spotlight

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