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All you need to know about Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. They are perfect for coursework, revision and exam preparation. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.
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Few novels have caused more controversy than Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy's tragic tale of a fallen woman. Since its first publication in 1892, it has attracted an extraordinary range of critical opinion. In this incisive book Cedric Watts and Jolyon Connell draw on the best of the novel's critics to show why - for all its flaws - Hardy's story has such power and to explain the angry and uncompromising vision contained within its pages. This short, easy-to-read guide is essential reading for anyone who wishes to enhance their understanding of Hardy's fiction.