by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: The Macmillan Company 1919
Number of pages: 314
Hardy's collection of stories takes place in an imaginative locale, Wessex, based on the area around the author's home in Dorchester, England. Combining the real with the imagined, Hardy unfurls the ironies of everyday life; his introduction gives the reader an appreciation of what is to come.
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by Thomas Hardy - ManyBooks
A tale of mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity. Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins.
by Thomas Hardy - Belgravia
One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, a tale of doomed love, passion, alienation, and melancholy as Hardy brilliantly explores that theme so familiar throughout his fiction: the diabolical role of chance in determining the course of a life.
by Thomas Hardy - Harper & Brothers
Hardy reiterates his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Powerful symbolism marks this romantic fantasy that Hardy has grounded firmly in reality with authentic rendering of location.
by Thomas Hardy - The Macmillan Company
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 called the 'most nearly flawless of Hardy's novels'.