The Woodlanders

The Woodlanders

3.6 17
by Thomas Hardy
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Grace Melbury is promised to her longtime companion, Giles Winterborne, a local woodlander and a gentle, steadfast man. When her socially motivated father pressures her to wed the ambitious doctor Edred Fitzpiers, Grace’s loyalties shift—and her decision leads to tumultuous consequences.

Set in the secluded forest community of Little Hintock, Thomas

…  See more details below

Overview

Grace Melbury is promised to her longtime companion, Giles Winterborne, a local woodlander and a gentle, steadfast man. When her socially motivated father pressures her to wed the ambitious doctor Edred Fitzpiers, Grace’s loyalties shift—and her decision leads to tumultuous consequences.

Set in the secluded forest community of Little Hintock, Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders inextricably links the dramatic English landscape with the story of a woman caught between two rivals of radically different social statures.

With its explorations of class and gender, lust and betrayal, The Woodlanders is one of Hardy’s most vivid and powerful works.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1912 Wessex edition and includes Hardy’s map of fictional Wessex.

()

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The finest English novel.”—Arnold Bennett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375400827
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Everyman's Library
Pages:
420
Sales rank:
414,247
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.31(h) x 1.27(d)

Meet the Author

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 pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels—Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure—he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He was buried in Poet’s Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy.

Patricia Ingham is a Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College, Oxford. She has written on the Victorian novel and on Hardy in particular. she is the General Editor of all of Hardy's fiction in the Penguin Classics and has edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.

Read More

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Woodlanders 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe no-one reviewed this book yet, I'd recommend it to all fellow romantics but as with all hardy novels don't expect a happy ending. I couldn't sleep after reading it, the beauty of description of the English landscape, the doomed love between Grace and Giles, the frustration you feel towards propriety and the social conventions at that time, how happiness for everyone seems just in reach and then is cruelly snatched away. If you don't fall in love with at least one character in this book then you must have a heart of stone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked the copy in our city book-fair for no specific reason , and once I started reading I had ..a tryst with myself, my whole existence shaken. I have never before experienced such a journey into alleys of love and passion , crossing the lanes of circumstances and crashing downat last, leaving you love-struck, whatever that may mean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ebook is so poorly formatted it is nearly illegible. I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it and that's a shame because it seems like an interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a refreshing change from the books I've been reading. Definitely a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trash!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt read any of !it has many errors dont get this book youll regret it!!!!!:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young reddish brown griffin with black front legs a black beak silver eyes and white spots on her body.she is loyal brave and endearingly kind