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The Woodlanders (Penguin Classics)

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‘Tis a pity to let such a girl throw herself away upon him – a thousand pities!

When country-girl, Grace Melbury, returns home from her middle-class school, she feels she is now above her suitor, the simple woodsman Giles Winterborne. Though marriage has been discussed between her and Giles, Grace soon finds herself captivated by Dr Edred Fitzpiers, a sophisticated newcomer to the area – a relationship that is encouraged by her socially ambitious father. Hardys novel of betrayal, disillusionment and moral compromise depicts a secluded community coming to terms with the disastrous impact of outside influences. And in his portrayal of Giles Winterborne, Hardy shows a man who responds deeply to the forces of the natual world, which, ultimately, betray him.

In her introduction Patricia Ingham examines class and gender differences, the influence of Darwinism, Hardys use of language and the symbolism of nature in the novel. This edition also includes a chronology, a map of Hardys Wessex, a list for further reading, appendices and a glossary.

Synopsis:

The story of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset, as two rivals, Giles Winterbourne and Dr Edred Fitzpiers, compete for the hand of Grace Melbury.

Synopsis:

In this classically simple tale of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset, now in a new edition, Hardy narrates the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury between a simple and loyal woodlander and an exotic and sophisticated outsider. Betrayal, adultery, disillusion, and moral compromise are all worked out in a setting evoked as both beautiful and treacherous. The Woodlanders, with its thematic portrayal of the role of social class, gender, and evolutionary survival, as well as its insights into the capacities and limitations of language, exhibits Hardy's acute awareness of his era's most troubling dilemmas.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxiv-xxxvi).

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. In his writing, he immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels—Tess of the DUrbervilles and Jude the Obscure—he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He died on January 11, 1928, and was buried in Poets Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy.

Patricia Ingham is senior research fellow and reader at St. Anne's College, Oxford. She is the general editor of Thomas Hardy's fiction in Penguin Classics and edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.

Patricia Ingham is senior research fellow and reader at St. Anne's College, Oxford. She is the general editor of Thomas Hardy's fiction in Penguin Classics and edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140435474
Editor:
Ingham, Patricia
Author:
Ingham, Patricia
Author:
Gibson, James
Author:
Hardy, Thomas
Author:
Hardy, Thomas, Defendant
Author:
Gregorian
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
England
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Forests and forestry
Subject:
Pastoral fiction.
Subject:
Wessex
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.80x5.12x.82 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The story of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset, as two rivals, Giles Winterbourne and Dr Edred Fitzpiers, compete for the hand of Grace Melbury.
"Synopsis" by , In this classically simple tale of the disastrous impact of outside life on a secluded community in Dorset, now in a new edition, Hardy narrates the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury between a simple and loyal woodlander and an exotic and sophisticated outsider. Betrayal, adultery, disillusion, and moral compromise are all worked out in a setting evoked as both beautiful and treacherous. The Woodlanders, with its thematic portrayal of the role of social class, gender, and evolutionary survival, as well as its insights into the capacities and limitations of language, exhibits Hardy's acute awareness of his era's most troubling dilemmas.

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