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CURRENTLY READING, March 29th, 2020.
I am part way through Tess and I can barely manage to part with this little book! Tess is the eldest sibling born to a peasant family in Victorian England. Her story starts to take off when her father discovers they are descended from noble blood. She is sent to make nice with, and hopefully marry, a descendant from the noble blood line. Tess is convinced to pursue such a seemingly frutiless pursuit out of guilt. Tess's complicated coming of age begins to unfold at the d'Urberville estate, where she is faced with the duty of fulfilling her promise to her family in a grave situation. Hardy wrote this book in serialized format, so each chapter is a riveting world in itself! I am excited to read Hardy's elegant, pastoral prose, and learn how Tess navigates her new lot.— From Elise
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Tess Durbeyfield’s father forcibly sends her off to work for the wealthy D’Urberville family, hoping to alleviate their poverty and perhaps secure her a marriage to the cruel and manipulative Alec D’Urberville. His terrible assault upon her, and the subsequent child, form the heart of Tess’s tragic life - as family, love and future are taken away from her by the repressive mores of Victorian society.
An unforgettably powerful tragedy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the great classics of the late nineteenth century.
Featuring illustrations by Sir Hubert von Herkomer and Joseph Syddall, and an afterword by Philip Mallett, editor of the Thomas Hardy Journal.