The French Lieutenant's Woman Author:John Fowles A classic story of lost love, set in deeply repressive Victorian England. It centers on the tragic figures of Charles Smithson, a palaeontologist, and Sara Woodruffe, a sensual, eccentric and apparently fallen woman, who are ostracized for daring to question the tyranny of the era's social mores. Although the novel is firmly rooted in Lyme Regis... more » in 1867, it is shot through with authorial comment and insight which provide a critique of both the Victorian novel and the society which produced it.
[From WikiPedia] The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1969 novel by John Fowles. The book was inspired by the 1823 novel Ourika by Claire de Duras, which Fowles translated to English in 1977 (and revised in 1994). Fowles was a great fan of Thomas Hardy and in particular likened his own work to that of Tess D`Uberville in Hardy's popular novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
In 1981, the novel was adapted as a feature film, and was adapted for the stage by Mark Healy in a version which toured the UK in 2006.
Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.« less