Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Illustrated by Peter Reddick
Preface by the author
A sorrowful tale about social mobility, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles is part of the new Folio Society Wessex collection. Each edition is illustrated with Peter Reddick’s evocative woodcuts.
Tess Durbeyfield comes from a humble background, so when a flippant conversation in a tavern reveals that her family is descended from the noble d’Urbervilles, Tess’s father imagines a way to improve their fortunes. This sets in motion a classic coming-of-age tale that is full of Hardy’s characteristic highs and lows, fraught soul-searching and redemption, all set against the backdrop of the archetypal English rural idyll.
‘Hardy was first and foremost a landscape novelist, a landscape poet, who painted enduring pictures of a natural world – a real outdoor world – which forms the stage on which his characters live out their tragic lives.’
- The Hardy Society
Bound in cloth blocked with a decorative motif
Set in Baskerville
22 integrated black & white woodcut illustrations
Printed map endpapers
9˝ × 5¾˝