Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Simon & Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 560 pages
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Review: Tess of the d'Urbervilles

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

It took me FOREVER to finish this. So here's the deal. I like the plot. But this was my first time reading Thomas Hardy and I found some of his sentences so clunky and unclear that is have to go back ... Read full review

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User Review  - Camille Rowley - Goodreads

This is my favorite book, hands down. The writing is amazing and so descriptive. Hardy creates beautiful and heartbreaking characters that are often easy to relate to. The book is emotionally captivating. I love it. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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