This volume was published posthumously in October 1928. Despite the ostensible uncertainty of the blank in the ‘introductory note’, there can be little doubt that Hardy hoped it would be published on his eighty-eighth birthday, since he began the work of assembling the poems shortly before his final illness in January 1928. Further revision was intended, and the final order was not settled. There are indications that some of the 105 poems might have been discarded for others (Purdy, 262). It is interesting to see that he could still find unpublished poems from various periods, even two which were written about sixty years earlier.
KeywordsOriginal Title Introductory Note Biblical Critic Family Portrait Dramatis Persona
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