An Indiscretion in the Life of An Heiress: And Other Stories

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GENERAL EDITOR'S PREFACE

THE first concern in The World's Classics editions of Hardy's works has been with the texts. Individual editors have compared every version of the novel or stories that Hardy might have revised, and have noted variant readings in words, punctuation, and styling in each of these substantive texts; they have thus been able to exclude much that their experience suggests that Hardy did not intend. In some cases, this is the first time that the novel has appeared in a critical edition purged of errors and oversights; where possible Hardy's manuscript punctuation is used, rather than what his compositors thought he should have written.

Some account of the editor's discoveries will be found in the Note on the Text in each volume, while the most interesting revisions their work has revealed are included as an element of the Explanatory Notes. In some cases a Clarendon Press edition of the novel provides a wealth of further material for the reader interested in the way Hardy's writing developed from manuscript to final collected edition.

SIMON GATRELL

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • GENERAL EDITOR'S PREFACE vii
  • Introduction xi
  • NOTE ON THE TEXTS xxxvii
  • SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY xxxx
  • A CHRONOLOGY OF THOMAS HARDY xlvi
  • How I Built Myself a House 3
  • Destiny and a Blue Cloak 11
  • The Thieves Who Couldn't Help Sneezing 36
  • An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress 43
  • Our Exploits at West Poley 114
  • Old Mrs Chundle 164
  • The Doctor's Legend 173
  • The Spectre of the Real 184
  • Blue Jimmy: the Horse Stealer 212
  • The Unconquerable 220
  • EXPLANATORY NOTES 235
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