An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress

An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress

An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress

An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress

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This book attempts to rescue from oblivion a literary foundling thrown upon the mercy of the public in 1878 and never thereafter acknowledged by its father. The explanation of these fifty-seven years of neglect may now be surmised and further light thus thrown upon the development of a great novelist. The accompanying study of a "lost novel" is an attempt to suggest, not only why this foundling should, in spite of Hardy's neglect, be rescued, but also why it is deserving of careful critical attention.

The almost total inaccessibility of the original publication provides reason enough for this first American edition of the story. The original spelling and punctuation have been faithfully followed throughout.

The editor wishes to express here his grateful recognition of his indebtedness to Mr. Paul Lemperly of Lakewood, Ohio, for planting the seed from which the harvest of this book has sprung, to Dr. John C. French and Professor Raymond D. Havens of The Johns Hopkins University for helpful criticism of the manuscript, to the librarians of the Brooklyn Public Library and of Colby College for interlibrary-loan courtesies, and to his wife for that patient listening and helpful comment by which this study has been greatly improved.

C. J. W.

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