Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edited with Notes by Tim Dolin and an Introduction by Margaret R. Higonnet

Author Biography:

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444119879
Publisher: Hodder Education
Publication date: 12/17/2010
Series: Philip Allen Literature Guide for A-Level
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 6.77(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester—in his writing. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels—Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure—he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He was buried in Poet’s Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy.

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.

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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XXTess of the d'Urbervilles 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
HeeHe More than 1 year ago
Great book but do NOT buy this eBook edition! The spacing between paragraphs is such that there are at least 4 blank lines. Thus on each page of my Nook, there are maybe 10 lines of text. Not a good way to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's absolutely beautiful! I'm in love with this Penguin series. I have collected twelve so far, and I haven't been disappointed.
two_eyes_can_read More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite book, and I read it every three or four years. The style is classic Thomas Hardy and so it requires your undivided attention when reading, but it is so worth the effort!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A top of the line classic. Hardy....brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read. I took it out from the library after seeing the excellent A&E version and was addicted. Its just so beautiful and the story of Tess is compelling.
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This book takes and gives and then takes away. And I am sure that there were and there are such diluted souls amongst us today.
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