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