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The return of the native

Scope and Content: Original holograph manuscript of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. First published in 1878, was Hardy’s 6th novel. It initially appeared as a 12-part series in the magazine Belgravia, where its somewhat controversial thematic content caused a stir. Subsequently, it has become one of Hardy’s best known and most popular novels. The manuscript of The Return of the Native follows an interesting and somewhat complicated path.

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Hardy often used the facing left leaf to continue writing what he could not fit on the right leaf. Some of the page numbers were cut by the binder.
Biographical History
Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset, England. He primarily viewed himself as a poet, and wrote novels mainly for financial gain. His work follows the naturalist movement of the period and was later praised by such writers as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Following his death in 1928 the executors of his estate burned his letters and notebooks.
Acquisition Information
Hardy gave his manuscript to journalist and biographer Clement King Shorter ‘in the days of early friendship’. Shorter’s first wife, Dora Sigerson Shorter, was the daughter of Dr George Sigerson, physician and lecturer in medicine in the Catholic University and in University College Dublin. Shorter decided to bequeath the Hardy manuscript, as well as a section of his personal library, to the Royal University of Ireland (the antecedent body of UCD) in memory of his first wife.
Jessop, N (2004). Special Collections in University College Dublin: an illustrated introduction. Dublin : UCD Library, p.38.
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Facsimile of the manuscript published, edited with a short introduction by Simon Gatrell (New York; London: Garland, 1986).
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Original item located in UCD Library Special Collections.

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Metadata creation date: 2013-02-01 — Descriptions created by staff of UCD Library, University College Dublin based on UCD Library record.

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