Considered a great classic of English literature and Hardy’s best novel by many, it is the story of Tess Durbeyfield, whose father is led to believe is descended from the D’Urbervilles. Described by Hardy as “a pure woman,” she finds herself caught between two men, Alec Stoke-D’Urberville, a libertine whose father had purchased the baronial title (not inherited it), and
Angel Clare, the son of a minister and the man she marries. Each man finds himself obsessed with Tess, and even after they separately leave her they find themselves drawn back to her until a tragedy finally resolves the conflict.
Genre: Classic Fiction