Information on Tess:
- Hardy considered names like Love, Cis/Cissy and Sue before settling on Tess.
- He worked on the manuscript with the intention of serial publication
- Then, these chapters would be delivered in book form.
- The publlishers deemed to book to racy and requested edits
- Hardy refused.
- Graphic (London) Illustrated Weekly Newspaper offered to publish the serial.
- So they did July 4th 1891
- 1892- The set of volumes was comined into one book and sold well
- The paperback sold 300,000 editions in one year
- Hardy worked on revisions until his death in 1928
The Novel's Context:
- The novel is a criticism of sexual and social hypocracy
- this stems from his sympathy for the lower classes, especially women.
- controversial due to it's exploration of the ridgity of the English moral code.
- It also caused sensation due to it's honest look at the self-richeousness of the upperclasses
- Alec and Angel are representations of their class
- The novel is a look at how a persuit of a noble bloodline can be disasterous.
- Queen Victoria rules from 1837-1901
- England became the…
Similar English Literature resources: