Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Introduction by:
Editor: Tim Dolin
Noted by: Tim Dolin

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780141040332
  • 592 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up


Part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her ‘cousin’ Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy’s novels.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy, Illustrator: Coralie Bickford-Smith, Introduction by: Margaret Randolph Higonnet, Editor: Tim Dolin, Noted by: Tim Dolin


“[Tess of the D’Urbervilles is] Hardy’s finest, most complex and most notorious novel . . . The novel is not a mere plea for compassion for the eternal victim, though that is the banner it flies. It also involves a profound questioning of contemporary morality.” –from the Introduction by Patricia Ingham


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