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Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D’Urbervilles

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about This Literary Work. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • British Authors of the Nineteenth Century
  • British Writers [vol 6]
  • The Cambridge Guide to English Literature
  • Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vols 3, 8]
  • The Critical Temper [vols 2, 4, 5]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 2]
  • Dictionary of British Literary Characters: 18th- and 19th-Century Novels
  • Edwardian and Georgian Fiction
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 2]
  • Masterplots [vol 11]
  • Novels for Students [vol 3]
  • The Oxford Companion to English LIterature
  • Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy
  • A Thomas Hardy Dictionary: The Characters and Scenes of the Novels and Poems Alphabetically Arranged and Described
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
    • [vols 4, 10, 18, 32, 48, 53, 72, 143, 229] - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals; look for Tess of the D'Urbervilles in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 82] - locate the topical essay "Sex in Literature"
    • [vol 128] - locate the topical essay "Fashion in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 156] - locate the topical essay "The New Woman in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
  • The Victorian Novel

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • Hardy, Thomas

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Thomas Hardy, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

eBook Spotlight

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