Tess of the d'Urbervilles

A Pure Woman

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

A poor peddler, John Durbeyfield learns he is related to an ancient noble family: the d’Urbervilles. To gain part of the fortune, he sends his eldest daughter, Tess, to the d’Urberville mansion. But the relationship is not as it seems, and she ends up working as a servant. The wealthy family’s son, Alec d’Urberville, tries to seduce Tess and eventually rapes her. Left pregnant, Tess returns home to have the baby, but the baby dies. Later, Tess falls in love with a man named Angel. She keeps the painful secret until their wedding night, when she reveals the horror in her past. Will Angel stay with her? This unabridged version of Thomas Hardy’s important novel challenges the Victorian notions of female purity and double standards. It was first published in 1891 in the UK.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand First Avenue Classics ™
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS FIC000000, FIC019000, FIC004000
Dewey 823
Lexile 1090
ATOS Reading Level 9.5
Accelerated Reader® Points 23.0
Features Table of contents

Author: Thomas Hardy