The first volume of Samuel Hynes’s edition of Hardy’s poetry is published in the Oxford English Texts series, and is thus designed for a reader who wants a carefully edited text; who is interested in the way that Hardy revised his poems; who wants sufficient but not over-detailed information about the writing and publication of the poems, and the editorial procedures; and who also expects well-researched and germane explanatory annotation. Such a reader, who will certainly be representative of the majority of this volume’s readership, should be well satisfied; especially when added to these qualities is a pleasant page with an uncluttered impression despite the presence of line numbers and exhaustive foot-of-the-page annotation, and the appearance of Hardy’s illustrations to Wessex Poems (including one that he omitted).
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