Wolf Solent by John Cowper Powys

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Originally published in 1929 and set in historical Dorset, this Hardy-esc novel follows the exploits of Wolf Solent, as he leaves London and embarks on an emotionally intricate life in Dorset. 

Forsaking London for Ramsgard, a village in Dorsetshire, Wolf Solent discovers a world of pagan splendor and medieval insularity, riddled by ancient scandals and resentments. And there this poetic young man meets two women—the sensuous beauty Gerda and the ethereal gamine Christie—who will become the sharers of his body and soul. Audacious, extravagant, and gloriously strange, Wolf Solent is a twentieth-century masterpiece. [Goodreads]