Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Macmillan Collector's Library)
|Author:||Thomas Hardy; Phillip Mallett (Introduction by); Joseph Syddall (Illustrator); Hubert von Herkomer (Illustrator)|
|Series:||Macmillan Collector's Library|
Tess of the d'Urbervilles ,A Pure Woman Faithfully PresentedThomas Hardy"Her affection for him was now the breath and life of Tess's being; it enveloped her as a photosphere, irradiated her into forgetfulness of her past sorrows, keeping back the gloomy spectres that would persist in their attempts to touch her-doubt, fear, moodiness, care, shame. She knew that they were waiting like wolves just outside the circumscribing light, but she had long spells of power to keep them in hungry subjection there."Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented was a controversial work when it first appeared in the early 1890s. The serialized version of 1891 was heavily censored and the full novel of 1892 received mixed reviews, largely because it challenged the sexual morals of late Victorian England. The book's reputation has since grown considerably and it is now routinely cited as Thomas Hardy's masterpiece. Roman Polanski's 1979 film version (Tess) boosted world-wide interest in the novel and it has remained widely read now for over a century.The richly descriptive narrative is rife with unforgettable vignettes of rural life in late 19th-century England -- the slow death of a flock of wounded pheasants, the monotony of field labor under a gunmetal gray sky, the itinerant farm worker's seasonal round - but the story's timeless power stems from its heart-wrenching romance and the tragic experiences - or fate, as Hardy might have put it - of the eponymous heroine.
Thomas Hardy's beautiful story of rural tragedy, set in the fictional county of Wessex.
Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840, the eldest of four children. At the age of sixteen he became an apprentice architect but continued to develop his classical education by studying between the hours of four and eight each morning. With encouragement from Horace Moule of Queens' College Cambridge, he began to write fiction. His first published novel was Desperate Remedies in 1871. Thus began a series of increasingly dark novels, all set within the rural landscape of his native Dorset. Such was the success of these early works, which included A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), that he gave up his work as an architect to concentrate on his writing. However, he had difficulty publishing Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1889) and was forced to make changes in order for it to be judged suitable for family readers. This, coupled with the stormy reaction to the negative tone of Jude the Obscure (1895), prompted Hardy to abandon writing novels altogether and he concentrated on poetry for the rest of his life. He died in January 1928.