Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman (Signet Classics) (Prebound)

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By Thomas Hardy, Marcelle Clements (Introduction by)
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Every summer I read a classic that I have never read before, and since I'm planning to visit Southwest England soon, I felt I should read a novel that takes place there.  Descriptively written, with romance and suspense,  Hardy portrays Tess as a beautiful, young woman born in poverty with a title that ends up doing her more harm than good.  Tess, at the start of her tale, is moral, hard-working and loving, and through no fault of her own, she is forced to face hardship and tragedy.   Hardy demonstrates what can happen to an innocent, trusting girl in a man's world.

If you want a quick, light read, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is not it.  However, if you're looking for a beautifully written novel that captures life in rural England about 150 years ago, give Tess a try.

— Nancy Randall


One of literature's greatest and most tragic heroines. A beautiful and hearty farm girl, Tess Durbeyfield is about to have her life tragically changed by forces outside her control: lust, poverty, and hypocrisy. This controversial Victorian tale has come to be recognized as a triumph of literary art.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781417755462
ISBN-10: 1417755466
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2006
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Signet Classics