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Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D'Urbervilles By Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy


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When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in hope of a peaceful future.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Summary

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The Penguin English Library Edition of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I would be content, ay, glad, to live with you as your servant, if I may not as your wife; so that I could only be near you, and get glimpses of you, and think of you as mine ... I long for only one thing in heaven or earth or under the earth, to meet you, my own dear! Come to me - come to me, and save me from what threatens me!

When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels.

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About Thomas Hardy

Formerly a prize-winning architectural student, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) went on to become a prolific novelist and poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, set in the 'partly real, partly dream-country' of Wessex, was at first refused publication and then published in censored form, shocking readers in the challenge it posed to social and sexual mores.

Hardy's novels Under the Greenwood Tree, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, Two on a Tower, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude the Obscure are also published in the Penguin English Library.

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NGR9780141199948
9780141199948
0141199946
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
New
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
20121025
496
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