Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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Thomas Hardy's second to last novel, "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" is the story of Teresa "Tess" Durbeyfield. The plot of the novel is set in motion when a local parson mentions that the Durbeyfields are actually related to the noble family the d'Urbervilles. Trying to capitalize on this knowledge the Durbeyfields send a reluctant Tess to work at the d'Urbervilles estate. There the tragic fate of Tess ensues. "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" challenged the sexual mores of the time and because of this was not well received when it was first published. The novel however has weathered the test of time and is now considered a great classic of English Literature.
 

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It makes it very difficult to read. - LibraryThing
Because the prose...oh, the prose! - LibraryThing
It is true the plot is strained at times, unlikely. - LibraryThing
Great heroine, great setting, great and sad ending. - LibraryThing
Hardy's writing style is poetic and romantic. - LibraryThing
Good pacing, though some of the gaps are felt. - LibraryThing

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This was my fourth Hardy work, and while enjoyable, was my least favorite. Hardy is a great story teller- he conveys a sense of rural English life that few other can match. In addition, Hardy ... Read full review

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Rarely have I ever had such a visceral reaction to a book. I have read a few other Hardy novels and so at this point I expect tragedy. But this one still blew me away. It broke my heart in so many ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter I
3
Chapter II
6
Chapter III
10
Chapter IV
14
Chapter V
20
Chapter VI
26
Chapter VII
29
Chapter VIII
31
Chapter XXXI
117
Chapter XXXII
122
Chapter XXXIII
126
Chapter XXXIV
132
Chapter XXXV
138
Chapter XXXVI
144
Chapter XXXVII
150
Chapter XXXVIII
155

Chapter IX
34
Chapter X
38
Chapter XI
43
Chapter XII
46
Chapter XIII
51
Chapter XIV
53
Chapter XV
61
Chapter XVI
62
Chapter XVII
65
Chapter XVIII
70
Chapter XIX
74
Chapter XX
79
Chapter XXI
81
Chapter XXII
85
Chapter XXIII
87
Chapter XXIV
91
Chapter XXV
93
Chapter XXVI
99
Chapter XXVII
102
Chapter XXVIII
106
Chapter XXIX
109
Chapter XXX
113
Chapter XXXIX
158
Chapter XL
162
Chapter XLI
166
Chapter XLII
170
Chapter XLIII
174
Chapter XLIV
180
Chapter XLV
185
Chapter XLVI
191
Chapter XLVII
198
Chapter XLVIII
203
Chapter XLIX
206
Chapter L
210
Chapter LI
214
Chapter LII
219
Chapter LIII
223
Chapter LIV
226
Chapter LV
229
Chapter LVI
232
Chapter LVII
234
Chapter LVIII
238
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About the author (2004)

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 wrote 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 1974, 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. Some of 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 a house in Dorchester, England. The house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its' construction. Thomas Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes were buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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