So I now owned two copies of Thomas Hardy's "Life and Art", two copies of Thomas Hardy's "Life" and two copies of "The Young Thomas Hardy" by Robert Gittings. I had been searching for this last on Amazon, because our local public library had the companion volume, "The Older Thomas Hardy". I read "The Older", and returned it to the library with a suggestion.
Would they like to accept my donation of the younger? I explained my disappointment, on finding that only half the material was available. "I feel that other people who are studying TH may wish to have both the volumes available". The third person I spoke to (having been passed along a chain of command) agreed.
I was pleased.