Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Clothbound Classics) (Hardcover)

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By Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin (Editor), Tim Dolin (Notes by), Margaret Randolph Higonnet (Introduction by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
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Tess's life is thrown into a whirlwind when her father discovers the
news that he is a descendant of the great D'Urbervilles, and her parents
insist she try to marry a gentleman. Instead of marrying and living a
comfortable life that her parents had expected, Tess finds herself in
constant sorrow and in flight of her family name. Tess must face her
past and her name, it's what happens when she does that I fell off my
seat in surprise.

— Wren

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. 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.

About the Author


Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. He wrote novels and poetry, much of which is set in the semi-imaginary county of Wessex. His novels include Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), The Return of the Native (1878), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the D'Urbervilles(1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895). He published his first volume of poetry, Wessex Poems, in 1898 and continued to publish collections of poems until his death on 11 January 1928. Tim Dolin teaches English at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. Margaret R. Higonnet teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut.

Praise For…


“[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 also involves a profound questioning of contemporary morality.” –from the Introduction by Patricia Ingham
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141040332
ISBN-10: 0141040335
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Pages: 592
Language: English
Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics
 

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