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Thomas Hardy from Serial to Novel

Thomas Hardy from Serial to Novel

Mary Ellen Chase
Copyright Date: 1927
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 220
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    Thomas Hardy from Serial to Novel
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    Thomas Hardy from Serial to Novel was first published in 1927. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. This volume is a valuable examination of Thomas Hardy’s revisions in The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure that rendered them acceptable to the taste of the 1880s magazine reader. A fascinating study of authorship, a compelling study of Hardy’s major works, a historical study of literary construction: no one seriously interested in the art of the novel or in its relation to social history can neglect Professor Chase’s study. It is an indispensable Hardy “item” for libraries, collectors, and all students of literature.

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-3763-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[viii])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [ix]-[x])
    (pp. 3-12)
    Mary Ellen Chase

    OF Thomas Hardy’s fifteen novels twelve were published as serials in various magazines before they were issued in book form.¹ In the prefaces of only four of these does Hardy give us any suggestion that the serial forms differed from the later book editions. These four areThe Mayor of Casterbridge, which was published as a serial in the LondonGraphic, from January 2 to May 15, 1886, and in book form by Smith, Elder and Company of London, probably later in the same year, no more definite date being given;Tess of the D’Urbervilles, which was also aGraphic...

    (pp. 15-66)

    SINCE there is given no more definite date than 1886 for the publication of the first edition ofThe Mayor of Casterbridge, and since Hardy himself makes no statement, as he does in the prefaces ofTess of the D’UrbervillesandJude the Obscure, as to whether the serial or the book version was first written, it is impossible to be positive as to which is the earlier. All evidence, however, points toward the serial as the first form of the story. It was concluded in theGraphic, May 15, 1886, a date which would leave plenty of time for...

    (pp. 69-112)

    IF we accept Mr. Hardy’s statement in the explanatory note to the first edition ofTess of the D’Urbervilles(Osgood, M’Ilvaine and Company, London, 1891), we shall not need to question whether the serial form of the story is earlier than the book form. He says:

    “The main portion of the following story appeared — with slight modifications — in theGraphicnewspaper; other chapters, more especially addressed to adult readers, in theFortnightly Reviewand theNational Observer, as episodic sketches. My thanks are tendered to the editors and proprietors for enabling me now to piece the trunk and...

    (pp. 113-178)

    JUDE the Obscureis one of the five first editions of Thomas Hardy’s works published in the Wessex Novels edition by Osgood, M’ILvaine and Company in 1895, and taken over two years later by Harper and Brothers.¹ As I have stated in the introduction to this study, this first edition ofJudeis, with the exception of changes from English to American spelling, identical with the present standard Harper version. There is, therefore, in the discussion of this one novel no question of alterations made from edition to edition. We have to consider, then, simply the changes made from serial...

    (pp. 181-208)

    THE title of this study suggests two proposals: First, a comparative study of several versions of certain novels, and second, a consideration of the reasons for and the significance of certain important changes made therein. I have, to the best of my ability, accomplished the first, and in so doing I have encroached somewhat upon the premises of the second, for, in many instances, I have thought best to suggest the reasons for certain important changes at the time I have presented the alterations themselves. For example, in my discussion of changes made in setting inThe Mayor of Casterbridge...

    (pp. 209-210)