Notes on Editions

This project has grown out of the contributing researchers’ shared interest in Thomas Hardy and clothing, and each of them has used the resources they had to hand. References have been sourced from various editions of Hardy’s fiction, from his autobiography, and from biographies. Each entry in the Database notes the source of the quotation or reference, and includes the page numbers and/or chapters for that edition. The table below also contains some brief notes on the editions used.

The references in the Database are starting points for further reading and study and users are encouraged to consult specific editions for further information. Modern editions of Hardy’s work often contain detailed information about the history of the text presented. The editor of Hardy’s novels, for example, must take into account numerous versions of the text: manuscripts, serial editions, and the volume editions published in Hardy’s lifetime. Accounts of editorial procedures and decisions can be found in General Editor’s Prefaces, Notes on the Text and Notes or References at the end of volumes. Likewise, biographies contain notes on materials, sources and editorial procedures.

Edition in databaseFirst publishedNotes
Claire Tomalin. Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man. London: Penguin, 2012. Print.2006The Notes section in Tomalin’s biography provides details of sources.

For references to novels (some of which are quoted in this Database) Tomalin gives the name and chapter, but not a specific edition. In her Bibliography, Tomalin expresses a preference for Penguin Classics: ‘The Penguin Classics series, which prints from the first editions, annotated and with introductions, is excellent’ (454).
Michael Millgate. Thomas Hardy: A Biography Revisited. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Print.2004The References section at the end of the book gives full details of sources.
Martin Seymour-Smith. Hardy. London, Bloomsbury, 1994. Print.1994See the Select Bibliography at the end of the book.
Thomas Hardy. The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy. Ed. Michael Millgate. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984. Print. Reprinted with corrections in 1989.1928/1930. First published as The Early Life of Thomas Hardy 1840–1891 (1928) and The Later Years of Thomas Hardy 1892–1928 (1930) by Florence Emily Hardy.Millgate’s Introduction, his section on Editorial Procedures, and a concluding section on Textual Apparatus, explain in detail how he reconstructed a text which, although initially published as work by Florence Hardy, was in fact written by Thomas Hardy himself.

The Life is organised into chapters and dated sections. For each reference, the Database gives chapter and date in square brackets preceding the quotation, for example: [V, 1870, March 7].
Thomas Hardy. The Mayor of Casterbridge. 1886. Ed. Dale Kramer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Print.1886See Dale Kramer’s ‘Note on the Text’ (xxxv–xlvii) for a detailed account of the novel’s publishing history and the versions consulted to produce the OUP edition.
Thomas Hardy. Under the Greenwood Tree. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1956. Print.1872