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Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (Yes, I have everything by Hardy but Tess is still my favourite.)
Jude the Obscure - dark, depressing and brilliant - Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.
tess of the durbavilles, thomas hardy - important becuz it challenged sexual conventions of its time
In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge. Hardy beautifully ties together the connections and heartbreaks of various characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read books with depth and soul. Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors, truly a talented man.