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Date: Jul 30 11:28 PM, 2019
RE: First Edition Demelza
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Little Henry wrote:

I am very happy to have acquired a first edition "Demelza" and I have been comparing the Ward Lock with the Pan edited version and I am half-way through. What a treat to read the original without all the changes and omissions. A lot has been said about the missing Chapter 6 and it has been printed on another site and discussed so I was more interested in all the other omissions including another whole chapter - Chapter 19. It's about Dr. Choake coming to see Keren after her accident and then Dwight also comes to see her. Four and a half pages in all but full of so much more detail. Now that I know the books so well it is wonderful reading extra details, small and large. There are pages left out regarding the Warleggan card parties and Demelza's feelings about Ross's going. Demelza was "quite desperately jealous of this sign of Elizabeth's continuing influence". In Chapter 3 there are 4 pages omitted which detail Ross and Dr. Choake's quarrel about the mine shares which explains a lot and in another chapter 4 pages are omitted about the building of Mark's house. I could go on and on . . . .

As I found in Ward Lock "RP" nearly every page has some kind of omission. But whereas in "RP" I found over a hundred word changes, in "Demelza" there are hardly any (only about 10 so far). Very minor ones at that (i.e. temperature changed to fever). The only one I wondered at was changing "ravaged summer" to "landscape", a much duller description.

Whereas I had read the Ward Lock "RP" thinking that the edited version was done by an editor, I read the Ward Lock "Demelza" thinking that WG had made the changes and it was quite a different experience as I didn't get so annoyed at someone else changing WG's text.

Definitely a must read for Poldark fans - a real treasure. I wonder if there are any other well-known books that have been edited but still have the original versions around.


Little Henry - I am glad you acquired a first edition 'Demelza' and that you are enjoying all the extra text. The more of us who manage this, the more conversation there can be on the forums.



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Date: Jul 28 12:10 PM, 2019
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Little Henry - thanks for taking the time and trouble to record these observations, which are most informative. I hope you will continue to post your findings. On the question of authors revising novels post-publication, I suspect that Winston Graham's attitude (of revising freely) was very much exception rather than rule. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published in three volumes in 1818, in two volumes in 1823 and then in a "heavily revised" single-volume edition in 1831. This edition is the one most widely published and read now, although a few editions follow the 1818 text. After writing The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien revised The Hobbit to make the narratives of the two works more compatible. It would be interesting to learn of other examples of revision post-publication, but there are unlikely to be a great many. A few weeks ago I read a biography of Steinbeck in which was related an anecdote about his agent and publisher having difficulty in persuading him to help publicise a new edition of one of his novels. He told them he had lost all interest in that novel; the only book to hold his interest was the one he was writing now. His inclination, in other words, was to finish a book, turn it loose into the world and then forget it. Thomas Hardy oversaw new editions of his novels in 1889 and 1912, but resisted the temptation to "improve" his early work, even though his older self came to look on it as flawed. That, surely, is the more common view of authors, and, it must be said, the preferable one.



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Date: Jul 28 12:20 AM, 2019
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I am very happy to have acquired a first edition "Demelza" and I have been comparing the Ward Lock with the Pan edited version and I am half-way through. What a treat to read the original without all the changes and omissions. A lot has been said about the missing Chapter 6 and it has been printed on another site and discussed so I was more interested in all the other omissions including another whole chapter - Chapter 19. It's about Dr. Choake coming to see Keren after her accident and then Dwight also comes to see her. Four and a half pages in all but full of so much more detail. Now that I know the books so well it is wonderful reading extra details, small and large. There are pages left out regarding the Warleggan card parties and Demelza's feelings about Ross's going. Demelza was "quite desperately jealous of this sign of Elizabeth's continuing influence". In Chapter 3 there are 4 pages omitted which detail Ross and Dr. Choake's quarrel about the mine shares which explains a lot and in another chapter 4 pages are omitted about the building of Mark's house. I could go on and on . . . .

As I found in Ward Lock "RP" nearly every page has some kind of omission. But whereas in "RP" I found over a hundred word changes, in "Demelza" there are hardly any (only about 10 so far). Very minor ones at that (i.e. temperature changed to fever). The only one I wondered at was changing "ravaged summer" to "landscape", a much duller description.

Whereas I had read the Ward Lock "RP" thinking that the edited version was done by an editor, I read the Ward Lock "Demelza" thinking that WG had made the changes and it was quite a different experience as I didn't get so annoyed at someone else changing WG's text.

Definitely a must read for Poldark fans - a real treasure. I wonder if there are any other well-known books that have been edited but still have the original versions around.



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Date: Feb 7 6:06 PM, 2019
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Below is the link to a first edition Demelza which has been re-bound and is for sale at 350. This price is, by comparison, a good one. I have seen some recently for considerably more and in poor condition. If anyone is interested it is on Abeboks UK - link below.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?cm_sp=SearchF-_-topnav-_-Results&ds=20&kn=Demelza%20by%20Winston%20Graham%20first%20edition%20Ward%20Lock&sts=t



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