The Serial structure of Hardy's The Return of the Native

The Serial structure of Hardy's The Return of the Native, 1878

Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, Victorian Web; Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

J. Don Vann in Victorian Novels in Serial (MLA, 1985) lists the serial breaks for the 1878 Belgravia publication, as do the Norton Critical, Oxford World's Classics, and new Penguin editions.

Part Date Chapters in Volume
1. Jan. 1878 Book I, Ch. 1-4
2. Feb. 1878 Book I, Ch. 5-7
3. March 1878 Book I, Ch. 8-11
4. April 1878 Book II, Ch. 1-5
5. May 1878 Book II, Ch. 6-8
6. June 1878 Book III, Ch. 1-4
7. July 1878 Book III, Ch. 5-8 a
8. August 1878 Book IV, Ch. 1-4 b
9. Sept. 1878 Book IV, Ch. 5-8
10. Oct. 1878 Book V, Ch. 1-4
11. Nov. 1878 Book V, Ch. 5-8
12. Dec. 1878 Book V, Ch. 6; Book VI, Ch. 1-4

a. Hardy made numerous revisions in book 3, chapter 8 after serialization.

b. Book 4, chapter 1 was revised considerably for the volume edition. (Vann 84).


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