Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Tess of the Durbervilles book cover - Rik Rawling

This is my 2013 drawing of Tess, mocked-up as a cover for the book. We had to read Thomas Hardy as part of my O-level English Literature O-level (for which I got a ‘U’, ironic for someone who loves books as much as I do), and that put me off for the rest of my life. Maybe I’m missing out on something important? Prose like this, for example:

It was then that the ecstasy and the dream began, in which emotion was the matter of the universe, and matter but an adventitious intrusion likely to hinder you from spinning where you wanted to spin.

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