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BlurbTess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It initially appeared in a censored and serialised version, published by the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic in 1891 and in book form in 1892. Though now considered a major nineteenth-century English novel and possibly Hardy's masterpiece, Tess of the d'Urbervilles received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual morals of late Victorian England.
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I'm not one to read a lot of the classics, in fact I feel guilty for reading a lot of the "pop" books that are put out, but hey, I read what I want. That being said, I loved this book. I thought it was a really great tragedy and wasn't dry, like I find a lot of classics to be. I couldn't put this book down and mourned with all the characters. It inspired me to download a few more classics and see how I manage them.