A Thomas Hardy Dictionary: The Characters and Scenes of the Novels and Poems Alphabetically Arranged and Described

A Thomas Hardy Dictionary: The Characters and Scenes of the Novels and Poems Alphabetically Arranged and Described

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A Thomas Hardy Dictionary: The Characters and Scenes of the Novels and Poems Alphabetically Arranged and Described

A Thomas Hardy Dictionary: The Characters and Scenes of the Novels and Poems Alphabetically Arranged and Described

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In a work of this description accuracy and brevity seem the two great desiderata and I have done my best to attain both.

Both in the descriptions of the characters and in the synopses I have tried to give an adequate account without going into minute details such as might detract from the pleasure of reading the book itself. My aim has been to provide a refresher of the memory, not an analysis.

The notes of chapters affixed to the entries indicate both appearances and references; the latter are frequently of great importance in making clear the relations of a character to the plot.

The identifications of the various localities are based on those of previous students whose works will be found listed in the Bibliography. Where an identification seemed doubtful I have preferred to omit it. Full accounts of the various places noticed will be found in the list of Wessex books given. I have carefully abstained from trenching on the province of the guide-book.

The Bibliography does not pretend to absolute completeness, but it will be found fairly full and quite accurate.

The publishers have been generous in the matter of maps, and very considerable trouble has been spent in the compilation of the one which I have called "The Heart of Wessex." So far as I know, nothing so full has yet been offered to the student of Hardy, and it cannot fail to be both useful and interesting to readers. It is a real map in every respect and can be used as such by the pilgrim to Wessex.

Criticism is, of course, entirely outside the scope of the work and anything of that nature has been carefully avoided.

It is to be clearly understood that Mr. Hardy has not authorized this book, and can accept no responsibility for its production. But . . .

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