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October 12 , 2008

Under the Greenwood Tree


With not one but two secret engagements to contend with, schoolteacher Fancy Day’s attentions are split between Dick Dewey, a member of the church choir and string group, and Mr. Maybold, the new vicar, remarkable both for his patronage of Fancy and for his controversial decision to abolish the church’s musical string accompaniment.

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An English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism. While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author…

Under the Greenwood Tree is the first of Thomas Hardy’s pastoral “Wessex” novels, and has been adapted for the stage and screen, most recently in 2005 by Ashley Pharaoh, co-creator and writer of the BBC One series Life on Mars.

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