Two On A Tower by Thomas HardyTwo On A Tower by Thomas Hardy

Two On A Tower

byThomas HardyIntroduction bySally ShuttleworthNotes bySally Shuttleworth

Paperback | July 3, 2000


In this tale of star-crossed love, Hardy sets the emotional lives of his two lovers against the background of the stellar universe. The unhappily married Lady Constantine breaks all the rules of social decorum when she falls in love with Swithin St. Cleeve, an astronomer who is ten years her junior. Her husband's death leaves the lovers free to marry, but the discovery of a legacy forces them apart. This is Hardy's most complete treatment of the theme of love across the class and age divide and the fullest expression of his fascination with science and astronomy.

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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) immortalized the site of his birth—Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester—in his writing. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pur...
Title:Two On A TowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:July 3, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140435360

ISBN - 13:9780140435368

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This original 1882 edition of Hardy’s text takes us on a romantic voyage of love across the obstacles of class and age. Upon its first publication, Two on a Tower received criticism for its improper moral tone. Besides telling a love story, the take evokes the author’s sense of fascination with astronomy and science.