Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.75 × 5.15 × 0.65 in
Published: October 23, 1998
Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140435530
ISBN - 13: 9780140435535
From the Publisher
Under the Greenwood Tree interweaves the lingering courtship of Dick Dewy and sweet Fancy Day with the battle for survival of the old string choir -- the last in the county -- against the mechanical church organ of the new vicar. Set amid the farms and woodlands of Mellstock, this sunlit and good-humored pastoral romance came to epitomize for Hardy an irrecoverable English past. This new Penguin Classics edition, based on the two-volume first edition of 1872, includes appendices that reflect the unique textual history of the novel.
About the Author
Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy wrote Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and a Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1974, his first book as a full-time author, Far From the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Some of Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in a house in Dorchester, England. The house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its' construction. Thomas Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes were buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.
From Our Editors
Considered the most flawless of his novels, Under The Greenwood Tree is also Thomas Hardy’s homage to the pre-industrial England of his childhood. In it, Dick Dewy and Fancy Day find love despite the problems and effects of impending modernization. Outwardly sunny and optimistic, the novel’s underlying theme is based in Hardy’s reluctance to accept change and modern idealism.