Catalogue Number: B4J-497M
- Author: Thomas Hardy
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Published: 05 November 1994
- ISBN: 9781853262272
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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. 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.