Return of the Native

ISBN-10: 0393927873

ISBN-13: 9780393927870

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Thomas Hardy, Phillip Mallett, Thomas Hardy

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This edition reprints the text of the authoritative 1912 Macmillan Wessex edition, accompanied by more than 500 editorial footnotes, historical background, glossary of dialect words and modern essays.
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List price: $13.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 572
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

Preface to the Second Edition
A Note on the Text
The Text of The Return of the Native
Facsimile title page of the first edition
Sketch map of the Scene of the Story
The Return of the Native
Backgrounds and Contexts
Map of the Wessex of the Novels and Poems
Glossary of Dialect Words
The Textual History of The Return of the Native
The Return of the Native and Belgravia
The Serialization of The Return of the Native
Hardy's 1912 Note to Book VI, Chapter III
Hardy's Nonfictional Writings
From Hardy's Letters
From The Life and Works of Thomas Hardy
Two Letters on Dialect in the Novel
From The Profitable Reading of Fiction
From Candour in English Fiction
From General Preface to the Novels and Poems
Contemporary Reception
The Athenaeum
The Academy
The Saturday Review
The Spectator
Harper's New Monthly Magazine
Modern Criticism
From Study of Thomas Hardy
The Traditional Basis of Thomas Hardy's Fiction
The Return of the Native as Antichristian Document
Thomas Hardy and the Problem of the "Middle Distance"
The Defects of the Real
Conflicting Courses in The Return of the Native
Anxieties of Representation: The Serial Illustrations to Hardy's The Return of the Native
Can the Native Return?
The Quiet Women of Egdon Heath
Thomas Hardy: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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