Illustrations from early additions of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Alec and Tess plus Angel and Tess

The 11 worst couples in literature

No.2. Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) We continue our worst couples run down with Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman. It is a remarkable novel, full of interesting things and wonderful writing. And no less than two rotten relationships. Spoiler alert! Angel and Tess: This relationship had a lot of promise, the couple are in … Continue reading The 11 worst couples in literature

Three images - two photographs of real life people with a claim to have had Tess of the d'Urbervilles based on them. Also a photograph of actress Justine Waddell from a TV adaptation of the book

Will the real Tess d’Urberville please stand up

I enjoyed the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time this week – a discussion of Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A point made was that Hardy is said to have claimed that Tess’s appearance was based on Lady Agatha Thornycroft (nee Cox) – wife of the famous Victorian sculptor, Sir Hamo Thornycroft. However, there is a rival claimant. Augusta Bugler, a local milkmaid. Supposedly Hardy … Continue reading Will the real Tess d’Urberville please stand up