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Published: 19 May 2013

240 Pages | 2 maps

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199697205

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Under the Greenwood Tree

Second Edition

Thomas Hardy
Edited by Simon Gatrell and Phillip Mallett

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of one of Hardy's best-loved novels, a love story played out in a rural community whose church choir is under threat.
  • Useful notes provide historical background, gloss dialect and unfamiliar terms, and highlight significant revisions.
  • Includes maps of Hardy's Wessex and the fictional setting of Mellstock.

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction 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.
  • Thorough Chronology and up-to-date Bibliography.
  • Critically established text restores Hardy's original intentions.
  • New introduction by Phillip Mallett.
  • New, expanded notes. Both introduction and notes take account of recent critical discussion in the 27 years since the edition was first published.

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