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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Paperback Wadsworth Collection

By (author) Thomas Hardy, Introduction and notes by Michael Irwin, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260053
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260056
  • Illustrations note: notes, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 4,057

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Set in Hardy's Wessex, Tess is a moving novel of hypocrisy and double standards. Its challenging sub-title, A Pure Woman, infuriated critics when the book was first published in 1891, and it was condemned as immoral and pessimistic. It tells of Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor and dissipated villager, who learns that she may be descended from the ancient family of d'Urbeville. In her search for respectability her fortunes fluctuate wildly, and the story assumes the proportions of a Greek tragedy. It explores Tess's relationships with two very different men, her struggle against the social mores of the rural Victorian world which she inhabits and the hypocrisy of the age.

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