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Tess of the D'Urbervilles
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Buccaneer Books
Publication date June 1, 1987
Binding Hardcover
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780899666242
ISBN-10 0899666248
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Business
Original list price $13.95
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:
Hardy's novel tells the story of how John and Joan Durbeyfield became convinced that they are descended from the ancient family of d'Ubervilles. They encourage their daughter Tess to cement a connection with the Stoke-d'Uberville family of local gentry (who it turns out are themselves not entitled to the illustrious name) and she is raped by their son, the unprincipled Alec. It is a connection that returns to haunt her after she has married the pure parson's son Angel Clare.

Tess first appeared in a serialized and bowdlerized form in The Graphic in 1891. A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented, as Hardy subtitled the work, represented a direct challenge to conventional notions of sexuality and femininity and, though conventions have radically changed in the past century, the character of Tess has remained a challenging one. In her introduction Maier argues that we should not see Tess merely as a passive victim; she suggests that a combination of sexual vigour and moral rigour makes Tess not just one of the greatest but also one of the strongest women in the canon of English literature.

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