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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099560692
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $14.99

Tess Of The D'urbervilles

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

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099560692
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. His father was a stonemason. He was brought up near Dorchester and trained as an architect. In 1868 his work took him to St Juliot's church in Cornwall where he met his wife-to-be, Emma. His first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, was rejected by publishers but Desperate Remedies was published in 1871 and this was rapidly followed by Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). He also wrote many other novels, poems and short stories. Tess of the D'Urbervilles was published in 1891. His final novel was Jude the Obscure (1895). Hardy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1920 and the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1912. His wife died in 1912 and he later married his secretary. Thomas Hardy died 11 January 1928.

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Praise for Tess Of The D'urbervilles

“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

“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”

The Times

“Hardy never used his "country" and his Greek ambitions to better effect”

Melvyn Bragg

“Tess's beauty and the effect that it has on others gave me a sense of the destructive power of sex”

Rufus Wainwright

“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”

The Times


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