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THE WELL-BELOVED by  Thomas Hardy - First Edition - 1897 - from Sumner & Stillman and


by Hardy, Thomas

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1897. A Sketch of a Temperament. With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. (London:) James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1897). Original dark blue-green cloth with monogram in gilt. First Edition, issued as Vol XVII in Hardy's "The Wessex Novels." Although this was Hardy's last novel to be published, it was not the last written -- in fact it had appeared serially in 1892. However, Hardy was very dissatisfied with it and laid it aside for four years, during which time JUDE THE OBSCURE was written and published. He then returned to THE WELL-BELOVED and revised it for book publication; for the remaining thirty years of his life, stung by the reaction to his later novels, he wrote only poetry. This is a very good copy (endpapers cracked, bookplate scraped from front paste-down). Purdy pp 92-96. Provenance: the front free endpaper bears the penciled signature of the bibliographer of Victorian literature, Walter E. Smith.

Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor of growing fame, is determined to find his ideal in womanhood, a quest that has led to many fruitless encounters. For just as it seems he has found his heart's desire, disillusionment sets in and his burning love turns to ashes. Returning to Portland, his birthplace, he meets young, innocent Avice Caro. They are betrothed until a fateful meeting with the self-assured Marcia Bencomb changes the course of his life yet again. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.


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