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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Highly controversial in its day because of its blunt look at the sexual hypocrisy of Victorian society, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles is an exemplification of all the horrors of malignant destiny. Tess herself is goodness incarnate: every fiber of her soul is pure; yet, under the stress of circumstances, the compulsion of force and the beguilement of fraud, she is harassed, degraded, despoiled, plunged into misery, goaded to the insane commission of homicide, and finally hanged for murder. Tess of the D’Urbervilles was a huge commercial success when it was published in 1891. It is now considered a masterpiece of tragic fiction and one of the most moving and memorable of Thomas Hardy’s novels.

THOMAS HARDY (1840-1928) was an English poet and novelist. Author of Far From the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure, The Return of the Native, Satires of Circumstance, The Trumpet-Major, and Poems of the Past and the Present, he is considered one of the world’s most influential literary figures.

 

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