Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D'urbervilles

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Hardy tells the story of Tess, a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex, the southwestern English county. After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d’Urbervilles, they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune. She meets and is seduced by the dissolute Alec d’Urberville and secretly bears a child, Sorrow, who dies in infancy. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer Tess love and salvation, but he rejects her — on their wedding night — after learning of her past. Emotionally bereft, financially impoverished, and victimized by the self-righteous rigidity of English social morality, Tess escapes from her vise of passion through a horrible, desperate act.

Like the greatest characters in literature, Tess lives beyond the final pages of the book as a permanent citizen of the imagination. —Irving Howe

What a commonplace genius he has; or a genius for the commonplace — I don’t know which. —D. H. Lawrence

The greatest tragic writer among English novelists. —Virginia Woolf

A singular beauty and charm. —Henry James

État : Bon état, en savoir plus

Roman, Broché, couverture souple, 448 pages

Everyman, 1984, ISBN : 9780460010566

Langue : Anglais