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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was a major writer of the Victorian period, best known now and in his time for his novels. These include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), The Woodlanders (1887 – RLS wanted to take this novel with him when he left for the USA in 1887. He sent his friend Edmund Gosse to find it for him), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895).
During 1902–1904 he wrote The Ambassadors , The Wings of the Dove , and The Golden Bowl . In 1904 he revisited America and lectured on Balzac. In 1906–1910 he published The American Scene and edited the " New York Edition ", a 24-volume collection of his works. In 1910 his brother William died; Henry had just joined William from an unsuccessful search for relief in Europe on what then turned out to be his (Henry's) last visit to the United States (from summer 1910 to July 1911), and was near him, according to a letter he wrote, when he died. 
Time Out London says, "Bogdanovich's nervous essay in the troubled waters of Henry James, where American innocence and naiveté are in perpetual conflict with European decadence and charm, reveals him to be less an interpreter of James than a translator of him into the brusquer world of Howard Hawks . The violence done James in this is forgivable—indeed, Cybill Shepherd's transformation of Daisy into a Hawks heroine is strangely successful—but as a result there is no real social conflict in the film, and it becomes just a period variant on The Last Picture Show , without the vigour of that film or the irony of the original James novel." 
James suffered a stroke in December 1915 and died in London in 1916, leaving behind an incredibly prolific and broad range of work, influencing countless authors who followed his lead in literary realism.
I have volumes 1-8 of the Edels Complete Tales and despite years of searching, I've found hardly any of available second hand copies of volumes 9-12 whereas volumes 1-8 are plentiful. Just look on abebooks - many of 1-8 but no volumes 9-12. It's been that way for years. I was wondering why this was - any ideas? I know it's possible to buy compete 1-12 sets but I already have 1-8 and I am now intrigued as to why there is such a disparity in availability?...