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The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy

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?The finest English novel.??Arnold Bennett

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1887 novel from the famous English novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement, who was awarded the Order of Merit in 1910.

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Winterborne sped on his way to Sherton Abbas without elation and without discomposure. Had he regarded his inner self spectacularly, as lovers are now daily more wont to do, he might have felt pride in the discernment of a somewhat rare power in him--that of keeping not only judgment but emotion suspended in difficult cases. But he noted it not.

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Set in the secluded forest community of Little Hintock, Thomas Hardy?s The Woodlanders inextricably links the dramatic English landscape with the story of a woman caught between two rivals of radically different social statures. Grace Melbury is promised to her longtime companion, Giles Winterborne, a local woodlander and a gentle, steadfast man. When her socially motivated father pressures her to wed the ambitious doctor Edred Fitzpiers, Grace?s loyalties shift?and her decision leads to tumultuous consequences. With its explorations of class and gender, lust and betrayal, The Woodlanders is one of Hardy?s most vivid and powerful works.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the 1912 Wessex edition and includes Hardy?s map of fictional Wessex.

?The finest English novel.??Arnold Bennett

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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“The finest English novel.”—Arnold Bennett

About the Author
James Wood has been a full-time literary critic since leaving Cambridge University, first at The Guardian in London and currently at The New Republic. He is also the author of The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief.



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