English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy died on this date in 1928 at the age of 87 in Dorset England.
Considered a Victorian realist in his day, Hardy created a body of work that was often critical of the many social, class, and religious constraints of the period. He was the author of 15 novels not to mention several short story and poetry collections.
He was perhaps best known for his novels Far From The Madding Crowd (1874) and Tess Of The Dubervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented (1891).
The novel Tess Of The Durbervilles first appeared in serial form in the British newspaper The Graphic in 1891. Considered a very controversial novel for the time, this early edition was censored as were early editions in book form in the United States in 1892.
First American Editions of Tess Of The Durbervilles in very good to fine condition can be valued at $200 or more while First multi volume British Editions of the novel in like condition can fetch as much as $2,500 and up.
True First Edition’s of Hardy’s earliest novels are considered very rare, and depending on condition could be valued anywhere between $3,000 and $20,000 dollars.