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Two on a Tower
     

Two on a Tower

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by Thomas Hardy
 

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First published in 1882, Two on a Tower charts the tragic romance of Lady Viviette Constantine and Swithin St. Cleve, who is both Lady Viviette's social inferior and ten years her junior. Together in a monastic tower that has been converted into an astronomical observatory, the two lovers "sweep the heavens."

Science and romance are destined to collide,

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First published in 1882, Two on a Tower charts the tragic romance of Lady Viviette Constantine and Swithin St. Cleve, who is both Lady Viviette's social inferior and ten years her junior. Together in a monastic tower that has been converted into an astronomical observatory, the two lovers "sweep the heavens."

Science and romance are destined to collide, however, as work, ambition, and the pressures of the outside world intrude upon the pair. In what Sally Shuttleworth calls a "drama of oppositions and conflicts," Hardy's story sets male desire against female constancy and "describes an arc across the horizon of late nineteenth-century social and cultural concerns: sexuality, class, history, science, and religion." Two on a Tower is a moving depiction of modern love and a superb novel of ideas.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), the author of Far from the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure, and Under the Greenwood Tree, was also an accomplished poet. Many of his works, including his poetry, are available from Penguin Classics.
Sally Shuttleworth is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Sheffield, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442943537
Publisher:
ReadHowYouWant
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
536 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 - 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 2, 1840
Date of Death:
January 11, 1928
Place of Birth:
Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England
Place of Death:
Max Gate, Dorchester, England
Education:
Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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Two on a tower 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Hovers in waddup peeps
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits there surprised.
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Hmph.
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Curled up