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  • ISBN: 9780140435368
  • ISBN10: 0140435360

Two on a Tower A Romance

by Thomas Hardy

  • List Price: $15.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Publish date: 07/01/2000
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First published in 1882, Two on o Tower charts the tragic romance of Lady Viviette Constantine and Swithin St. Cleve, who is both Lady Viviette's social inferior and ten years her junior. Together in a monastic tower that has been converted into an astronomical observatory, the two lovers "sweep the heavens".<P>Science and romance are destined to collide, however, as work, ambition, and the pressures of the outside world intrude upon the pair. In what Sally Shuttleworth calls a "drama of oppositions and conflicts", Hardy's story sets male desire against female constancy and "describes an arc across the horizon of late nineteenth-century social and cultural concerns: sexuality, class, history, science, and religion". Two on a Tower is a moving depiction of modern love and a superb novel of ideas.
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