Tess of the Durbervilles

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By Thomas Hardy
Publisher St Martins Pr
Tess of the Durbervilles
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Tess, the eldest daughter of a poor carter in Marlott, goes to work for the rich dUberville family, where she becomes pregnant with the child of Alec, the dUbervilles son. This action makes her a fallen woman, and leads to tragedy. Tess of the dUrbervilles got mixed reception when it was published because it portrayed Tess sympathetically and challenged the prevailing sexual mores. A copy was burnt by the Bishop of Wakefield. Thomas Hardy was an English novelist, shortstory writer, and poet. He destroyed the manuscript of his first, unplaced novel, but encouraged by mentor and friend George Meredith tried again. His important work took place in an area of southern England he called Wessex, named after the English kingdom that existed before the Norman Conquest.

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150789 words150,789 words
Lexile 680LLexile 680L
Grade 4 to H+Grade 4 to H+
Age 9-18Age 9-18
Published 1978Published 1978
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