Tess of the D'Urbervilles Author:Thomas Hardy The publication of Tess of the D'Urbervilles brought down upon the head of its author a storm. For his candid and sympathetic treatment of matters considered jarring to Victorian sensibilities, Hardy was accused of depicting indecency and immorality. The judgement of time and popular approval have long since vindicated both novel and novelist. T... more »oday Tess is recognized as the greatest of Hardy's novels and one of the great works in English history.
In his moving story of a young girl forced through circumstance and filial loyalty beyond the pale of conventional morality, Hardy reveals himself at his most understanding and compassionate. No greater indication of the novel's lasting power can be found than in the realization that the quivering moral indignation which the author expresses against social injustice and hypocrisy continues to elicit a deeply fervent response.« less