Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
'How could I be expected to know? I was a child when I left this house four months ago. Why didn't you tell me there was danger in men-folk? Why didn't you warn me?'

When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and with its powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels.

Based on the first edition that shocked readers when published in 1891, this edition includes as appendices: Hardy's Prefaces, the Landscapes of Tess , episodes originally censored from the Graphic periodical version and a selection of the Graphic illustrations.

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy