The Woodlanders (1887) was Thomas Hardy’s own favorite among his stories, and no other book of his more fully represents the many sides of his genius. This portrait of five people in an English village who are tangled in a drama of passion, betrayal, poverty, and pride of place richly demonstrates all of Hardy’s distinguishing qualities—his intimacy with rural England, his feeling for nature, his frankness about physical desire, and his gift for rendering, in the most specific way, the mystery at the heart of things.
This Everyman’s Library edition is set from the text of the 1912 Wessex edition and includes Hardy’s map of fictional Wessex.
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“The finest English novel.”—Arnold Bennett
About Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy, whose writing immortalized the Wessex countryside and dramatized his sense of the inevitable tragedy of life, was born at Upper Bockhampton, near Stinsford in Dorset in 1840, the eldest child of a prosperous stonemason. As a youth he… More about Thomas Hardy
Published by Everyman’s Library Jun 09, 1998| ISBN 9780375400827