Tess of the d'Urbervilles
A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented
Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a harrowing critique of social class and the powerlessness of women. Tess, a beautiful young woman, is pushed on her rich "relatives" by her grasping father. When the young Lord does with her as he likes, Tess's whole life falls into ruins from which she attempts to free herself. The novel met with mixed reviews upon publication, because it challenged the precepts of society. It is now considered a classic of English literature.
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Title: Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Author: Thomas Hardy