Two on a Tower

Two on a Tower

Written by:
Introduction by: Sally Shuttleworth
Notes by: Sally Shuttleworth

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140435368
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


In this tale of star-crossed love, Hardy sets the emotional lives of his two lovers against the background of the stellar universe. The unhappily married Lady Constantine breaks all the rules of social decorum when she falls in love with Swithin St. Cleeve, an astronomer who is ten years her junior. Her husband’s death leaves the lovers free to marry, but the discovery of a legacy forces them apart. This is Hardy’s most complete treatment of the theme of love across the class and age divide and the fullest expression of his fascination with science and astronomy.

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Two on a Tower

Two on a Tower

Written by: Thomas Hardy, Introduction by: Sally Shuttleworth, Notes by: Sally Shuttleworth