Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Thomas Hardy, Introduction and notes by Claire Seymour, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 194mm x 14mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 3 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262277
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262272
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 33,878

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With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Claire Seymour, University of Kent at Canterbury. Under the Greenwood Tree is Hardy's most bright, confident and optimistic novel. This delightful portrayal of a picturesque rural society, tinged with gentle humour and quiet irony, established Hardy as a writer. However, the novel is not merely a charming rural idyll. The double-plot, in which the love story of Dick Dewey and Fancy Day is inter-related with a tragic chapter in the history of Mellstock Choir, hints at the poignant disappearance of a long-lived and highly-valued traditional way of life.

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Claire Leighton has made sixty engravings for this new edition. She knows the Hardy country intimately and her name is a sure attraction. (Kirkus Reviews)