Posted by Kay on September 05, 1998 at 10:12:28:
My version of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" contains Hardy's preface to the 5th and later editions. He derides some critics for "an inability to associate the idea of the sub-title adjective with any but the artificial and derivative meaning which has resulted to it from the ordinances of civilization."
However, nowhere in my edition is the subtitle listed! After doing some research, I found it--"A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented." Hardy wanted to rebel against rigid views of Victorian morality.
I don't know if it's just my edition. I don't think I've seen the subtitle on any modern editions. Does anyone out there have an edition with the subtitle?
- My edition has it Susan H 14:41:38 9/05/98 (2)
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