'If ever I forget your name let me forget home and heaven...But no, no, my love, I never can forget 'ee; for you was a good man, and did good things!'Love, and the erratic heart, are at the centre of Hardy's 'woodland story'. Set in the beautiful Blackmoor Vale, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-to-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of the dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Felice Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked. Hardy's powerful novel depictsindividuals in thrall to desire and the natural law that motivates them.This is the only critical edition of The Woodlanders based on a comprehensive study of the manuscript and incorporating later revisions.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
The finest English novel. Arnold Bennett"
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was a prolific and influential novelist and poet. His works include Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Patricia Ingham is General Editor of all Hardy's fiction on the Penguin Classics list. She is a Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.