Tess of the d'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Nelson Doubleday 1913
Number of pages: 396
Etched against the background of a dying rural society, Tess of the d'Urbervilles was Thomas Hardy's 'bestseller,' and Tess Durbeyfield remains his most striking and tragic heroine. Of all the characters he created, she meant the most to him. Hopelessly torn between two men—Alec d'Urberville, a wealthy, dissolute young man who seduces her in a lonely wood, and Angel Clare, her provincial, moralistic, and unforgiving husband—Tess escapes from her vise of passion through a horrible, desperate act.
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by Thomas Hardy - The Macmillan Company
The stories take place in an imaginative locale, Wessex, based on the area around the author's home. Combining the real with the imagined, Hardy unfurls the ironies of everyday life; his introduction gives an appreciation of what is to come.
by Thomas Hardy - Feedbooks
Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared - marriage, religion, education - and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction.
by Thomas Hardy - eBooks@Adelaide
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by Thomas Hardy - ManyBooks
A tale of mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity. Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins.