Two on a Tower

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Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy

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: 9780312827427
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/28/1977
Series: Hardy New Wessex Editions Series

About the Author

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 - 11 January 1928) was an English novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-imaginary county of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his fifties, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after the 1960s Movement.

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


Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

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Hovers in waddup peeps
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Sits there surprised.
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Curled up