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Tess of the d'Urbervilles : an authoritative text

Author: Thomas Hardy; Scott Elledge
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1979.
Series: Norton critical edition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 2d edView all editions and formats
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'She looked absolutely pure. Nature, in her fantastic trickery, had set such a seal of maidenhood upon Tess's countenance that he gazed at her with a stupefied air: "Tess- say it is not true! No, it is not true!"' Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Didactic fiction
Fiction
Pastoral fiction
Named Person: Thomas Hardy
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hardy; Scott Elledge
ISBN: 0393090442 9780393090444 0393045072 9780393045079
OCLC Number: 4004221
Description: ix, 467 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Norton critical edition.
Responsibility: Thomas Hardy ; Hardy and the novel, criticism, edited by Scott Elledge.

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'She looked absolutely pure. Nature, in her fantastic trickery, had set such a seal of maidenhood upon Tess's countenance that he gazed at her with a stupefied air: "Tess- say it is not true! No, it is not true!"' Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice. Hardy's indictment of society's double standards, and his depiction of Tess as 'a pure woman', caused controversy in his day and has held the imagination of readers ever since. Hardy thought it his finest novel, and Tess the most deeply felt character he ever created. ... Text description.

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