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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
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Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich "relatives," the D’Urbervilles, in hope that they might help her alleviate her own family’s poverty. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare, Tess sees a potential escape from her past, but only if she can tell him her shameful secret.
About the Author
Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) is also the author of Far from the Madding Crowd and Jude the Obscure.
"Like the greatest characters in literature, Tess lives beyond the final pages of the book as a permanent citizen of the imagination . . . Tess is that rare creature in literature: goodness made interesting." —Irving Howe, author, World of Our Fathers
"Has a lush sensuality about the heat of summer and the heat of lust which makes the gorgeousness of Hardy's heroine and his country of Wessex both seems utterly desirable as the tale of tragic fate unfolds." —The Times