Tess of the D'urbervilles

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Tess of the D'urbervilles

Format:  Paperback,

464 pages

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780099560692

ISBN-10: 0099560690

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Published in association with the Orange Prize for fiction, with an introduction by "Fugitive Pieces" author Anne Michaels, describing why she chose it as the book she'd like to pass on to the next generation Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich "relatives," the D'Urbervilles. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare, Tess sees a potential escape from her past, but only if she can tell him her shameful secret.

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Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780099560692
ISBN-10: 0099560690
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 464
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.75 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Hardy, Thomas

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady.

During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love.

Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

Biography of Michaels, Anne

Anne Michaels was born in 1958 in Toronto, Canada. Her poetry and fiction has earned her several awards. "The Weight of Oranges", a collection of poetry, won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas. Another collection of poetry, "Miner's Pond", won the Canadian Authors Association Award and was she short listed for the Governor General's Award and the Trillium Award. "Fugitive Pieces", her first work of fiction won her the Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year Award, the Trillium Prize, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award and the Orange Prize. She was also short listed for the Giller Prize. She is also a recipient of the National Magazine Award, for poetry, gold medal.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-10-01)

Hardy's classic 1891 novel, about a young woman's attempt at redemption following a scandal, demonstrates his fatalistic view regarding free will. Audie Award winner Simon Vance's reading is straightforward, well paced, and clear, even when the characters speak in West Country dialect. This is an excellent choice for public libraries wanting to boost their classics collections, and the accompanying full-text PDF e book (which can be played in tandem with the MP3 recording) makes it useful also for high school and academic libraries.

[Audio clip available through www.tantor.com; alternate recordings recently available from Blackstone Audio (12 CDs. unabridged. 2008. ISBN 978-1-4332-1499-8. $110; 1 MP3-CD. ISBN 978-1-4332-1500-1. $44.95) and Naxos AudioBooks (14 CDs. unabridged. 2008. ISBN 978-962-634-867-3. $89.98).--Ed.] - Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., Zion, IL

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Chosen by Anne Michaels as her Orange Inheritance. This Orange Inheritance Edition of Tess of the D'Urbervilles is published in association with the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Books shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation. Vintage Classics asked the winners of The Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass onto the next generation and why. Anne Michaels choseTess of the D'Urbervilles.

Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich 'relatives', the D'Urbervilles. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare, Tess sees a potential escape from her past, but only if she can tell him her shameful secret.

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