Under the greenwood tree : a rural painting of the Dutch school /
Thomas Hardy ; edited with an introduction and notes by Tim Dolin.
London : Penguin Books, c1998.
lvi, 224, [8] p. : maps ; 21 cm.
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London : Penguin Books, c1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-219).
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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.
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Under the Greenwood Tree is Thomas Hardy's one and only rural idyll, a startling contrast to his other Wessex tales. In Mellstock, its surrounding farms and woodlands, the story interweaves the lingering courtship of Dick Dewy and sweet Fancy Day with the battle for survival of the old Mellstock String Choir the last in the county against the mechanical church organ of the new vicar, the Reverend Maybold. Under the Greenwood Tree appears to be pastoral romance at its most sunlit and good humoured, and has been called the 'most nearly flawless of Hardy's novels'. Yet, as Tim Dolin shows in his Introduction, there is a darker side to this paradise, seen particularly in the conflicts arising over anachronistic customs and rituals, and the ambiguities surrounding Fancy's forthcoming marriage. For Hardy, who drew out the associations with his own childhood in later revisions, the novel came to epitomize a past that had been forever lost to him and to England. This new Penguin Classics edition, based on the two-volume first edition of 1872, includes Appendices which reflect the unique textual history of the novel. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Tim Dolin
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The four seasons of the Wessex year form the backdrop for the delightful romance of Dick Dewy and Fancy Day. The ups and downs of their courtship are set alongside the story of the rustics who form the church choir.
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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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"Under the Greenwood Tree" (1872) preceded "The Return of the Native" and "Far from the Madding Crowd," as the first of Thomas Hardy's novels set in Wessex. A holiday tale of charm and appeal, "Under the Greenwood Tree" was Hardy's second novel. The book brought him his first taste of literary and public success. The warmly-remembered holiday and love story told in "Under the Greenwood Tree" is sure to please readers today. Full of nostalgia and evocative scenes, "Under the Greenwood Tree" evokes Hardy's sense of place, time, and human relationships, with little of the darkness found in Hardy's later, great works such as "Jude the Obscure" and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles."
Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface
Chronology: Hardy's Life and Works
Map: The Wessex of the Novels
Bibliographical Note
Further Reading
A Note on the History of the Text
Under the Greenwood Treep. 1
Hardy's Prefaces to Later Editionsp. 161
An Overview of Topographical Changes in Under the Greenwood Treep. 165
The Mellstock Choir in Hardy's Later Writingp. 169
The Stinsford Choirp. 187
Notesp. 191
Glossaryp. 221
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