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3.0 out of 5 stars The hardback: wonderful contents - butt-ugly book!, 30 April 2011
This review is from: Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems (Hardcover)
This is a review of the hardback version.

I have to say that the outside lets it down - at least as regards the copy delivered to me. It turns out to be one of those 'print on demand' editions and you do NOT get the nice rural scene shown on the right, above (you don't get a dustjacket, either). You get a nasty, geometric design in shades of grey with plain black lettering in a black box; there is no dustjacket. The thing looks like a science textbook and is really not appropriate to its contents. I assume this is Palgrave Macmillan's all-purpose cover for 'print on demands'.

Inside, it contains all the poems Hardy is known to have written and they are laid out in clear and reasonable-sized print. There is little in the way of extras - a short introduction by Gibson and some notes at the back, mainly giving info on and differences in different publications of the individual poems (so you have to look elsewhere for help with dialect words, for instance). It has the usual indices of titles and first lines. It also has a handful of illustrations Hardy made for earlier publications of his poems.

If I go to the expense of buying a hardback I don't think it's unreasonable to expect something reasonably attractive and appropriate in external appearance (else I'd buy a paperback) and I shall be more careful in future.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2011 12:14:23 BDT
OldFrank says:
I should have said that, as far as I know, this is the only hardback edition that contains all of Hardy's known poems - which is why I didn't send it back. With hindsight, I wish I'd looked for an older, more attractive edition on eBay or AbeBooks, hunted down the missing poems online, and simply printed them off and shoved them inside the back cover.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2013 02:29:14 BDT
Lyns says:
the only hardback 'Complete Poetry of Thomas Hardy' i can locate anywhere(and im trying to ensure that i DO NOT get one of these mechanically scanned/reprinted-all typos included copies) is an ex-library one... fingers x'd it seems like a 'good bet'

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2013 03:39:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2013 04:09:25 BDT
OldFrank says:
Fingers crossed for you, too.

As I understand it, the one poem this contains that Macmillan's 1976 and 1979 editions do not is 'The Sound Of Her'. It brings the number of poems up to 948. No doubt I could have found it online somewhere if I'd settled for one of those editions.

PS - And having written that, I've discovered a Wordsworth edition, available in hardback, that contains 950 poems!
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