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 Divorced, Beheaded, Died is coming out in Paperback in September 15 books | Michael O'Mara Books Ltd.

What is the Madding Crowd?

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Search eText, Read Online, Study, Discuss. the following web site gives the source of the Madding Crowd.   (1874) Hardy took the title of this novel from Thomas Gray's poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751): Far From the madding crowd's ignoble strife Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. In this case "Madding" means "frenzied". The title may be ironic: the five main characters -- Bathsheba, Troy, Boldwood, Oak, and Fanny Robin -- are all passionate beings who find the "vale of life" neither quiet nor cool. Hardy said that he first introduced Wessex in this novel. It was successful enough for him to give up architectural work and pursue a literary career. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Search eText, Read Online, Study, Discuss.

National Olympian Games Olympics before the Olympics

 In 1866, the National Olympian Games was held in London. One of the venues was the German Gymnasium which still exists in Kings Cross .  Aquatic events 31 July 1866 at the River Thames at Teddington   and  at the Crystal Palace Park Cricket Ground 1 August 1866 Played in Britain - News: Launching the British Olympics with a German twist

Henchard's Psalm - Mayor of Casterbridge

This is the psalm Michael Henchard has the choir sing. The Choir Master says: 'I wasn't made for singing. We chose it once when the gypsy stole the parson's mare thinking to please him but parson were quite upset. Whatever Servant David were thinking about when h he made a Psalm that nobody can sing without disgracing hims I cannot fathom' Henchard is angry with Farfrae. Psalm 109 King James Version (KJV) 109 Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. 3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. 4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. 5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. 7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer bec

Literary Tourist

This is an ambitions web  site - which provides a list of writer's houses, book shops, libraries, events and literary tours. Covers a host of countries. I checked London and Dorchester and it is quite impressive in its coverage. However, the funcionality is a bit limited  not sure you could not get all that information by googling. Dorchester - Literary Tourist