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Tess of the d'Urbervilles by [Hardy, Thomas]
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"The second edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Sarah E. Maier brings together a wealth of contextual materials, contemporary reviews, extracts from Hardy's notebooks, and nineteenth-century debates about women, inviting the reader to respond to the challenge of the novel's subtitle: 'A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented.' It reprints two separately published stories, 'Saturday Night in Arcady' and 'The Midnight Baptism, ' which Hardy salvaged from the expurgated text published in the Graphic and reinstated in the three-volume edition of 1891. Meticulously annotated and impressively documented, this new edition will be indispensable to students and scholars alike."--Joanne Shattock

“The second edition of Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Sarah E. Maier brings together a wealth of contextual materials, contemporary reviews, extracts from Hardy’s notebooks, and nineteenth-century debates about women, inviting the reader to respond to the challenge of the novel’s subtitle: ‘A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented.’ It reprints two separately published stories, ‘Saturday Night in Arcady’ and ‘The Midnight Baptism,’ which Hardy salvaged from the expurgated text published in the Graphic and reinstated in the three-volume edition of 1891. Meticulously annotated and impressively documented, this new edition will be indispensable to students and scholars alike.” — Joanne Shattock, Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester

"The second edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Sarah E. Maier brings together a wealth of contextual materials, contemporary reviews, extracts from Hardy's notebooks, and nineteenth-century debates about women, inviting the reader to respond to the challenge of the novel's subtitle: 'A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented.' It reprints two separately published stories, 'Saturday Night in Arcady' and 'The Midnight Baptism, ' which Hardy salvaged from the expurgated text published in the Graphic and reinstated in the three-volume edition of 1891. Meticulously annotated and impressively documented, this new edition will be indispensable to students and scholars alike." -- Joanne Shattock, Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester

"The second edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Sarah E. Maier brings together a wealth of contextual materials, contemporary reviews, extracts from Hardy's notebooks, and nineteenth-century debates about women, inviting the reader to respond to the challenge of the novel's subtitle: 'A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented.' It reprints two separately published stories, 'Saturday Night in Arcady' and 'The Midnight Baptism, ' which Hardy salvaged from the expurgated text published in the Graphic and reinstated in the three-volume edition of 1891. Meticulously annotated and impressively documented, this new edition will be indispensable to students and scholars alike." -- Joanne Shattock, Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester

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Hardy's shocking and deeply moving novel about the one and only Tess of the D'urbervilles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1355 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Classic eBooks (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009622GPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 306 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Tess’s family fall on hard times, Tess is forced to go and see family she has never heard of before – the well off D’Ubervilles. On arriving she is met with Alec D’Uberville, the man who will be her downfall. After losing her child to illness, Tess receives employment as a milkmaid, and falls in love with Angel Clare, but will Tess be able to tell him about the dark past that she has so long kept secret? And if the truth is revealed, will Angel Clare still feel the same way?

I absolutely loved this book. I’m actually sad that I haven’t read it before. I read if for classes, but so many of my classmates had read it before, and I envied being able to read it without studying it. It’s such a beautiful book with such an immense plot. I kept having to put it down and come back to it, purely so I could give myself time to process what I’d read. Hardy has that ability to describe something in detail, pages covering the same thing, but it’s never repetitious and it’s never boring.

Tess of the D’Ubervilles is famous for being scandalous and shocking when it was first published, and I can see why. Though not really shocking to us now, I can imagine the horror at a story of women with a child out of marriage, and the idea of concealing that child from her suitor. Hardy certainly has a lot to say about social conventions and the way women were treated at that time.

I think Tess is a really fascinating character, she’s strong willed, stubborn and utterly loyal. She makes lots of mistakes throughout the story – and more often than not she pays the price for them. Her story is an immensely sad one. She is a survivor, continuing on even when her life seems the most hopeless.
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Loved the story and description of the English countryside and the characters. Frustrating at times and I'd stop and scream at the author in my head at times as I thought Tess should have been given a break; for me too much going wrong for her. Gripping story; was hoping for a different ending but I knew it couldn't happen with Hardy. Loved the dialect used; challenged me at times as English isn't my first language.
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I fell in love with Tess when I was young and foolish.

This will forever remain one of my favourite books of all time.

The theme of red that perpetuates like an omen through the book. The ribbon, the horse, the strawberries, cigarette tip; I found myself searching for it.

I re-read every now and again to relive my youth. I think of days where the mist blows early morning from the river and dust floats in the air, insects rise at dusk and innocent milk maids fall in love.
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Very happy with my purchase :).
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The cover art is gorgeous and the chapters are marked in plain English (as in "Chapter One", etc.) as opposed to roman numerals. Helpful for this AS student when browsing for quotes in exams.
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great!
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Fantastic what more can i say, i love period drama books and this is one of the ones i'd read over and over again.
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I got this on my Kindle for my English Lit A-Level class. Very easy to read on the go
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