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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Author: Thomas Hardy; Tim Dolin
Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, [2003]
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in this masterpiece of tragic fiction. Hardy's 1891 novel defied convention to focus on the rural lower class for a frank treatment of sexuality and religion. Then and now, his sympathetic portrait of a victim of Victorian hypocrisy offers compelling reading.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Didactic fiction
Pastoral fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hardy; Tim Dolin
ISBN: 0141439599 9780141439594
OCLC Number: 50937105
Notes: First published: 1891.
Includes updated Further reading.
Awards: Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
Description: lxviii, 517 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: General editor's preface --
Chronology : Hardy's life and works --
Map : The Wessex of the novels --
Bibliographical note --
Introduction --
Further reading --
A history of the text --
Tess of the D'Urbervilles --
Appendix I: Prefaces to the fifth and later editions --
Appendix II: The landscapes of Tess of the D'Urbervilles --
Appendix III: The Graphic illustrations --
Appendix IV: A poem relating to Tess --
Appendix V: 'Saturday night in Arcady', 'The Chaseborough dance' and 'The midnight baptism' --
Glossary.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: Thomas Hardy ; edited with notes by Tim Dolin ; with an introduction by Margaret R. Higonnet.
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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.  Read more...

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"[Tess of the D'Urbervilles is] Hardy's finest, most complex and most notorious novel . . . The novel is not a mere plea for compassion for the eternal victim, though that is the banner it flies. It Read more...

 
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