Under The Greenwood Tree

Paperback | October 23, 1998

byThomas HardyEditorTim Dolin

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The arrival of two newcomers in the quiet village of Mellstock arouses a bitter feud and leaves a convoluted love affair in its wake. While the Reverend Maybold creates a furore among the village's musicians with his decision to abolish the church's traditional "string choir" and replace it with a modern mechanical organ, the new schoolteacher, Fancy Day, causes an upheaval of a more romantic nature, winning the hearts of three very different men—a local farmer, a church musician and Maybold himself. Under the Greenwood Tree follows the ensuing maze of intrigue and passion with gentle humour and sympathy, deftly evoking the richness of village life, yet tinged with melancholy for a rural world that Hardy saw fast disappearing.

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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 relucta...

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The arrival of two newcomers in the quiet village of Mellstock arouses a bitter feud and leaves a convoluted love affair in its wake. While the Reverend Maybold creates a furore among the village's musicians with his decision to abolish the church's traditional "string choir" and replace it with a modern mechanical organ, the new schoo...

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester—in his writing. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pur...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140435530

ISBN - 13:9780140435535

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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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.