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Thomas Hardy edition including complete poems
on 27 May 2011
This is the latest (May 2011) edition of Thomas Hardy's writing and has the great advantage of including his complete poems. The poems are navigable in a number of ways being listed individually under each volume that Hardy published but also having searchable chronological and alphabetical lists. Actually the alphabetical list has some oddness in its set up but it is useable. The poems are well formatted except for not having any stanza divisions.
The volumes of short stories are also navigable down to individual tales so it is somewhat surprising that when it comes to the meat of Hardy's output, the great novels, the publisher here has not made them navigable other than to the start of each novel. There is no table of contents for each novel to take you to individual chapters.
The illustrations, mainly of Hardy himself and of people and places connected with him are a pleasing addition but could be better captioned. For example, it would be useful to know Hardy's age when the various pictures of him were made.
This is well worth getting just to have the complete poems but if you're studying Hardy you probably also need an edition that has his novels in a more navigable format. Fortunately these editions are so cheap that's not a problem.
UPDATE JUNE 20th, 2011. The publishers have now updated this file. The novels are now navigable to individual chapters; captions have been added to the illustrations and stanza divisions have been incorporated into the poems. What more can one say? For any sixth form or college student studying Hardy or simply for anyone who loves his work this file has it all. The poems especially are beautifully formatted now; a joy to read.