Tess of D'Urbervilles Author:Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles portrays one of the most striking and tragic heroines of classic literature. The compelling story is, first, a romantic tale of love gone astray. Second, it is an indictment of the British class system revered by some Victorians. And finally, it is an inquiry into what deities or fates control the destinies o... more »f humans. This is the novel that lifted Thomas Hardy to a position of world fame.