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Maps of Wessex


There are numerous maps in existence. It is known that Hardy drew sketch maps outlining the settings he imagined for his fiction. There are, of course, the two maps that were included in the Wessex Novels Edition and in the Wessex Edition. So far it has only been little known that Hardy's literary critics preceded him in the production of a map of his fictional region. Thus, in addition to textual alterations Hardy continued to make throughout his career, maps of Wessex can be seen as one example of how Hardy's development of Wessex is a result of constant interaction between author and his readers.

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1878 Sketch Map of the Scene of the Story of the Return of the Native
1891 Thomas Hardy's Wessex. Anonymously published map in the Bookman (London), October 1891
1891 Tess Country. Hardy's own sketch.
1894 Thomas Hardy's Wessex. In: Macdonnell, Annie. Thomas Hardy. London: 1894.
1895 The Wessex of the Novels. In each volume of the Wessex Novels Edition. London: Osgood McIlvaine, 1895/96.
1902 The Wessex of Thomas Hardy's Novels and Poems. In: Windle, Bertram. The Wessex of Thomas Hardy. 1902.
1911 Wessex. In: Saxleby, F. Outwin. A Thomas Hardy Dictionary. London: 1911.
1912 Map of the Wessex of the Novels and Poems. In each volume of the Wessex Edition. London: Macmillan, 1912.
1948 Map Accompanying "Thomas Hardy OM — The Man His Work and the Land of Wessex" By Clive Holland MBE. In: Holland, Clive. Thomas Hardy's Wessex Scene. Dorchester: Longmans Ltd., 1948.