Synopses & Reviews
Tess is driven by poverty into the service of her wealthy relations. Her lowly position leads her to become the victim of her cousin Alec, her seducer and her nemesis. When she marries Angel Clare, who is himself far from innocent, she confesses her past, but Clare is unforgiving and cruelly leaves her to face her destiny alone. This unforgettable novel exhibits the hallmarks of Hardy's best art: a keen sense of tragedy and a sharp critique of social hypocrisy. This newly edited edition contains the original Prefaces and a map outlining the topography of Tess's wanderings.