Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the D' Urbervilles is Hardy' s masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family' s poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D' Urbervilles. Violated by the son Alec; her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past. Set among the lush pastures and bleak uplands of Hardy' s imagined Wessex, and filled with unforgettable images of tenderness and tragedy, the story examines conventional morality through Tess herself: one of the best-loved characters in English literature. Sensitively read by Imogen Stubbs.
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by Thomas Hardy
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