First published in 1891.
Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich relatives, the D’Ubervilles, in the hope that they might help alleviate her family’s poverty. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she falls in love with another man, Angel Clare, Tess sees a potential escape from her past, but only if she can tell him her shameful secret…
The feature novel of Wiltshire Museum’s Hardy’s Wessex: The landscapes that inspired a writer exhibition 28th May to 30th October 2022.