Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This is a tragic tale of a young woman named Tess who comes from a poor family in rural England. Tess is sent to work for a wealthy family, where she is seduced by a man who abandons her after she becomes pregnant. The baby dies, and Tess is ostracized by her community. She falls in love with a kind man, but when she confesses her past, he rejects her. Desperate and heartbroken, Tess murders her former seducer and is eventually captured and executed. The novel explores themes of fate, injustice, and the oppressive sexual morals of its time.

The 83rd greatest book of all time


Published
1891
Nationality
British
Type
Fiction
Pages
400-500
Words
151,097
Original Language
English

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