THE NEW EDITION OF THE
  This digital bibliography of 3153 abstracts of works on Thomas Hardy was
  first published as a collaborative work in book form by Northern Illinois
  University Press in 1973 (Vol. II followed in 1983).  In this PDF version
  nothing has been deleted and nothing added, except this introduction. It
  has been six years since the idea of preparing a digital version of the two
  bibliographies to be published on the Thomas Hardy Association website was
  first discussed and now NIUP has most generously granted permission for
  this publication.
  In the several years of waiting for the right time to move the project
  forward, and the last three months of active preparation, I have incurred a
  number of debts. I must first thank Rosemarie Morgan, president of the
  Thomas Hardy Association, editor of The Thomas Hardy Review and chairperson
  of the symposium on Hardy and the sister arts at the Hardy Conferences
  since 1996. It was she who first suggested converting the two
  bibliographies to digital format and making them available, world-wide and
  free of charge to members of the Association. Seconding the motion was her
  Thomas Hardy Association associate and good friend Robert Schweik, one of
  the original team of collaborators on both volumes I and II. Bob has
  remained a firm supporter of the project. Birgit Plietzsch, also a director
  of the Thomas Hardy Association, has given vital support and helpful
  suggestions as the project began to take shape last summer.
  Equal thanks go to the editor of NIUP, Mary Lincoln, who had shepherded the
  second volume of the bibliography through the press and then later granted
  permission to publish both volumes in digital format. Thanks also go to two
  Purdue English Department colleagues: Alan McKenzie a friend for many years
  who offered early advice on the project, and David Blakesley, bibliographer
  and PDF expert who pointed a way through the PDF maze not requiring
  acrobatic maneuvers. To all these helpers I offer my hearty thanks.
  The bibliography has been converted to a PDF file through the use of Adobe
  Acrobat Professional 6 by scanning every page containing text into a file.
  The combination of five traditional indexes – authors, secondary works,
  periodicals and newspapers, foreign languages, and primary titles – and the
  arrangement of the numbered entries within year of publication allow for
  many different search approaches. Users looking for criticism published on
  one of Hardy’s stories or poems can scroll to the end of the bibliography
  and use the index of primary titles to compile a list of entries. Those
  seeking critiques of Hardy’s novels may either use the index of secondary
  titles, listing entries published in the first years after the work’s
  publication, or simply scroll to the entries for those years and browse the
  reviews directly.  Thanks to Adobe’s “Paper Capture” function (and to the
  high quality of the original book, with its easily recognized fonts and
  clear, consistent printing), this edition offers another search method,
  impossible when the bibliographies were first published. The imaged text of
  numbered entries you see when you scroll through the book is fully and
  easily searchable by keyword or phrase. Use “Search” (under “Edit,”) and
  “Find” to generate a “hits list,” in which the search word is highlighted
  within a portion of text. Accessing any entry is then only a click away.
  The Hardy bibliographies, indeed all those in the Annotated Secondary
  Bibliography Series which NIUP published, were an outgrowth of the founding
  and nurturing of the journal English Literature in Transition: 1880-1920 at
  Purdue University by its editor Helmut E. Gerber in the late 1950s. He
  stimulated research into many authors and aspects of the fledgling
  transitional period, and encouraged scholars to pursue bibliographical
  studies of major and minor authors of that period. Hal’s first staff
  member, Edward S. Lauterbach edited a major bibliography on Rudyard Kipling
  published in ELT. When I joined the staff in 1964 there were bibliographies
  on a few major figures under way (those on Hardy and George Moore begun by
  Hal) as well as on a host of lesser writers. Hal saw that the
  tomes-in-the-making on authors such as Hardy, Joseph Conrad and Somerset
  Maugham ought to be published as books. Three years later the Hardy volume
  followed Charles Sanders’ bibliography on Maugham and Bruce Teets’ on
  Conrad as the third volume in the Series. Clearly, without Hal’s vision,
  drive and his uncanny ability to galvanize scholars to pursue mutual ends
  there would have been no ELT and no ASB Series. I further submit that our
  understanding of those transitional years in English literature would be
  only a shadow of the magnitude it is now. So to Hal Gerber, on behalf not
  only of myself and those collaborators on the two Hardy volumes but also
  all those scholars who felt the inspiring touch of Hal’s wand over the
  years, Three Cheers! --      W.Eugene Davis.  November 2004

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