Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree

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by Thomas Hardy, Simon Gatrell, Phillip Mallett
     
 

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"Miss Fancy Day; as neat a little figure of fun as ever I see, and just husband-high."

One of the most popular of Hardy's novels, Under the Greenwood Tree is a delightful and humorous depiction of life in an early Victorian rural community. The story delicately balances the concerns of the Mellstock parish choir with a romance between

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"Miss Fancy Day; as neat a little figure of fun as ever I see, and just husband-high."

One of the most popular of Hardy's novels, Under the Greenwood Tree is a delightful and humorous depiction of life in an early Victorian rural community. The story delicately balances the concerns of the Mellstock parish choir with a romance between the village schoolmistress and a member of the choir. Hardy thought well enough of the tale to place it among his Novels of Character and Environment, a group with includes his most characteristic work.

This freshly reset second edition features a new introduction by Phillip Mallett, who explores the tension in the novel between a vanishing rural idyll and the social realities making change inevitable; the novel's portrait of rural life and character; its revealing textual history and the relation of art to elegy. This edition also features new, expanded notes which provide historical background, gloss dialect and unfamiliar terms, and highlight significant revisions.

Lastly, both the introduction and the notes take into account the substantial critical discussion that has taken place in the 27 years since the edition was first published. The book also includes maps of Hardy's Wessex and the fictional setting of Mellstock, a new and up-to-date bibliography, and a thorough chronology.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199697205
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2013
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
763,147
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Mallett has published widely on Hardy and has edited The Mayor of Casterbridge and The Return of the Native for Norton. He is the editor of Thomas Hardy in Context (CUP, 2012), and of the Thomas Hardy Journal and the Hardy Society Journal. He has written the introduction to Flora Thompson's Lark Rise to Candleford (OUP, 2010).

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 2, 1840
Date of Death:
January 11, 1928
Place of Birth:
Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England
Place of Death:
Max Gate, Dorchester, England
Education:
Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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Under the Greenwood Tree 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome Frostkit and you need to slow down. Ok. Make the story last longer and add some cliffhangers. Ok do you understand? A good story is never ruched. (Again sorry for my spelling. But you under stand what I am saying though any way right?)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it, but didn't love it. I wouldn't read it again. It's not as meaningful and the characters as developed as an Austen novel. Still, it's good easy reading. Can easily finish the book in a day.
rusticus More than 1 year ago
a charming love story, set against some intriguing analysis of the tensions of village and parish life in 19th century England. Yes, Hardy can smile at times.
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RichB More than 1 year ago
Do not download Worth as much as it costs.
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just could not get into this book . i dont know ?
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>:{D