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.
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. 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. Thorough Chronology and
up-to-date Bibliography. Critically established text restores
Hardy's original intentions. New to this edition 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. New select bibliography.
Novel reset, but retains the critically established text. This
edition presents a critically established text based on comparisons
of every revised version. Hardy placed this tale among his Novels
of Character and Environment, a group which is held to include his
most characteristic work. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years
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Readership: Readers of classic fiction, rural literature, Thomas
Hardy; students of the novel, nineteenth-century literature,
pastoral fiction, Victorian studies.