Two on a Tower

Two on a Tower

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TWO ON A TOWER (1882) is a tale of star-crossed love in which 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141925448
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 846,807
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was born and educated in Dorchester. He embarked on a career in architecture which he was able to give up with the increasing success of his novels. He published sixteen novels, as well as many short stories and poems. After the hostile reaction to JUDE THE OBSCURE in 1895, he stopped writing fiction to concentrate on poetry. Sally Shuttleworth is a Lecturer in English at the University of Sheffield. She has written a book on George Eliot and 19th-century science.

Date of Birth:

June 2, 1840

Date of Death:

January 11, 1928

Place of Birth:

Higher Brockhampon, Dorset, England

Place of Death:

Max Gate, Dorchester, England


Served as apprentice to architect James Hicks

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
General Editor's Preface vii
Chronology: Hardy's Life and Works x
Map: The Wessex of the Novels
Bibliographical Note xv
Introduction xvi
Further Reading xxxii
A History of the Text xxxv
Two on a Tower
Notes 263(26)
Appendix: Preface (1895) 289(2)
Glossary 291

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Two on a tower 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
dirkjohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hardy, of course, needs no review. But Michael Kitchen deserves credit for his fine reading of this tale.
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Hovers in waddup peeps
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Sits there surprised.
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Curled up