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Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

One of the greatest English tragic novels, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (1891) is the story of a “pure woman” who is victimized both by conventional morality and its antithesis. Born near Dorchester, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) set most of his stories in the region between Berkshire and Dorset in the fictional county of Wessex. He was a controversial writer whose work often showed the result of flouting the rigid Victorian moral code — his novel JUDE THE OBSCURE was (allegedly) burned by the Bishop of Wakefield for its shocking content. Hardy was an unflinching observer and in TESS has left us some unforgettable vignettes of rural life in late 19th-century England: the slow death of a flock of wounded pheasants, the monotony of field labour under an iron gray sky, and the itinerant farm worker’s seasonal round. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

One of the greatest English tragic novels, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (1891) is the story of a “pure woman” who is victimized both by conventional morality and its antithesis. Born near Dorchester, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) set most of his stories in the region between Berkshire and Dorset in the fictional county of Wessex. He was a controversial writer whose work often showed the result of flouting the rigid Victorian moral code — his novel JUDE THE OBSCURE was (allegedly) burned by the Bishop of Wakefield for its shocking content. Hardy was an unflinching observer and in TESS has left us some unforgettable vignettes of rural life in late 19th-century England: the slow death of a flock of wounded pheasants, the monotony of field labour under an iron gray sky, and the itinerant farm worker’s seasonal round. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

One of the greatest English tragic novels, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (1891) is the story of a “pure woman” who is victimized both by conventional morality and its antithesis. Born near Dorchester, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) set most of his stories in the region between Berkshire and Dorset in the fictional county of Wessex. He was a controversial writer whose work often showed the result of flouting the rigid Victorian moral code — his novel JUDE THE OBSCURE was (allegedly) burned by the Bishop of Wakefield for its shocking content. Hardy was an unflinching observer and in TESS has left us some unforgettable vignettes of rural life in late 19th-century England: the slow death of a flock of wounded pheasants, the monotony of field labour under an iron gray sky, and the itinerant farm worker’s seasonal round. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

17h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

24:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

28:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

23:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

19:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

27:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

23:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

28:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

22:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

16:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

19:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

19:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

24:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

23:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

16:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

26:54