Under the Greenwood Tree
by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: The Macmillan Company 1912
Number of pages: 362
Under the Greenwood Tree is Thomas Hardy's one and only rural idyll, a startling contrast to his other Wessex tales. It appears to be pastoral romance at its most sunlit and good humoured, and has been called the 'most nearly flawless of Hardy's novels'.
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