Simon Gatrell (D.Phil., Oxford University, 1974), Professor, works principally in Victorian studies,in Irish literature and with South African writing. Co-editor of the Clarendon Press edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Dr. Gatrell is also the General Editor of the Oxford World Classics edition of Hardy's collected novels. He has numerous articles on Hardy and other Victorian novelists and poets, and has prepared two of Hardy's manuscripts for publication in facsimile (Garland). Dr. Gatrell is the author of a detailed study of Hardy's methods of composition, Hardy the Creator (Oxford, 1988), which won the biennial Macmillan/Hardy Society Award as the best book on Thomas Hardy in 1988-90. He has edited volume 4 of English Literature and the Wider World (Ashfield, 1991) and published a second critical study of Hardy, Thomas Hardy and the Proper Study of Mankind with Macmillan and the University Press of Virginia (1993). His third Hardy book, Thomas Hardy's Vision of Wessex, appeared in 2003. There is a website associated with the book: http://www.english.uga.edu/wessex/. More recently he has also published essays on modern Irish writers, and another Irish project, the first full-length biography of the nineteenth-century poet William Allingham, is being considered for publication at several presses. His fourth critical study of Hardy's work Thomas Hardy Writing Dress was published by Peter Lang in 2011. Currently he is working on a scholarly critical edition of Hardy's novel Under the Greenwood Tree, one volume in Cambridge University Press's projected complete edition of Hardy's fictional prose. There will also be a website associated with this project--Online Hardy--a knowledge site that will include all versions of the work in linked facsimile and transcription, and all conceivable ancilliary material in a range of media, similarly linked to the texts.
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