Penguin English Library
CHOSEN BY ANNE MICHAELS AS HER ORANGE INHERITANCE - Vintage Classics has partnered with The Orange Prize for Fiction to ask six recipients of the Prize which book they would pass onto the next generation.
THIS ORANGE INHERITANCE EDITION OF Tess of the D’Urbervilles IS PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION
Books shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation. Vintage Classics asked the winners of The Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass onto the next generation and why. Anne Michaels chose Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich ‘relatives’, the D’Urbervilles. 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…
‘Gloriously physical, full of passion and irony, humour and tenderness’ Anne Michaels
“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”
“Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles 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”
“Hardy never used his "country" and his Greek ambitions to better effect”
“Tess's beauty and the effect that it has on others gave me a sense of the destructive power of sex”
“There's something about Hardy especially that appeals to the melancholic girl”
Belle de Jour
“Thomas Hardy's thrilling story of seduction, murder, cruelty and betrayal”