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.
Author(s): Hardy, Thomas, Seymour, Claire, Carabine, Dr. Keith,
Date of Publication: 05/11/1994,
Pagination: 192 pages,
Series: Wordsworth Classics,
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd,
Published By: Wordsworth Editions Ltd,
Book Classification: Fiction & related items,