Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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The second novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire continues the story of the conflict between High and Low Church begun in THE WARDEN. Trollope introduces Mrs. Proudie, the bishop's wife, one of his most famously despicable characters. The plot revolves around the power struggle between her and Mr. Slope, the bishop's chaplain, for control of diocesan politics

Author Biography

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. In his writing, he immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels—Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure—he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He died on January 11, 1928, and was buried in Poet’s Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy.

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface
Introduction: Tess of the d'Urbervilles Faithfully Presentedp. 1
Hardy and Social Classp. 24
Tess of the d'Urbervilles: Towards a Materialist Criticismp. 33
Tess of the d'Urbervilles: Sexual Ideology and Narrative Formp. 44
Tess: A Less than Pure Woman Ambivalently Presentedp. 63
Fallen Woman as Sign, and Narrative Syntax in Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 80
A Tess for Child Molestersp. 90
'A Tragedy of Modern Life?' Polanski's Tessp. 95
Language and the Shape of Reality in Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 109
History, Figuration and Female Subjectivity in Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 129
The Violence of Style in Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 147
Geographies of Hardy's Wessex in Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 157
Creating Tess, 1892p. 172
The Offensive Truth: Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 184
Further Readingp. 201
Notes on Contributorsp. 205
Indexp. 207
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