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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/11/1994
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853262272