Item description for Tess of the dUrbervilles (Complete Classics) by Thomas Hardy...
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.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos AudioBooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 2.4" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 6, 2008
Publisher Naxos AudioBooks
ISBN 9626348674 ISBN13 9789626348673
Availability 0 units.
More About Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was born on Egdon Heath in Dorset, near Dorchester, England. A delicate child, he was taught at home by his mother before attending grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect before becoming one himself. For several years, architecture was his profession, although poetry, which he wrote in his spare time, would prove his first and last literary love. By 1874, he was convinced that he could earn his living as an author and retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy wrote an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over taboo subjects broached in two of his greatest novels, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, he announced that he would never write fiction again--he would write only poetry. In later years, he was awarded many honors, and upon his death, he was buried with much ceremony in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as the more memorable contributions to English literature. Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than twenty books, including the novels A Thousand Acres, Moo, Private Life, and Some Luck, as well as Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, a study of fiction. Among the honors she's received is the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Jeffrey Meyers has published forty-five books and 630 articles on literature, film, and art. A distinguished biographer, he has written lives of Hemingway, Lawrence, Conrad, Poe, Fitzgerald, Frost, Orwell, Bogart, and Modigliani. He has had twenty-five works translated into twelve languages and published on six continents. He is one of ten Americans who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 2005, he received an Award in Literature "to honor exceptional achievement" from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Thomas Hardy lived in Egdon Heath. Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tess of the dUrbervilles (Complete Classics)?
Wonderful Audio Book Oct 15, 2009
This is one of the better audio books that I've listened to. The reader, Anna Bentinck, did an excellent job with the characterizations, especially of the heroine, Tess. She made Tess sound just as I would have imagined her to sound. She also did a good job with the other people in the story. The more I listen to audio books, the more important to me good characterizations are. It makes the story much easier to follow and highlights the emotions involved.
This is the first time that I have read a Thomas Hardy book and was very impressed. He effectively explored the issues of guilt and forgiveness in a 19th century perspective that can also be applied universally. The main character has so many good qualities that seem to go against her. She seems to bring out the best and worst of people.
The secondary characters are also explored effectively and show realistic ways that people would react in the same situations. The ending was very interesting and came as a surprise to me, but also made some sense after I thought about it. I will definitely read other Thomas Hardy novels.
I highly recommend this audio book. It will be a very worthwhile experience.