Epigraph from 'The Fall of Hyperion' by John Keats.
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Details of the two revisions of the novel, in 1974 and 1987, can be found in the Author's Notes to these editions. The note in the 2nd. revised edition describes the effects of the revisions on the novel as 'considerable' and continues 'The shape of The Boys in the Island should now be finally clear; and this edition is the only one I wish to survive, or to be read.'