Two On A Tower by Thomas Hardy, 1882

Produced by:
ISBN: 0754003116
Date: May, 1999
Directed by:
Running time: 9 hours 49 minutes
Cover Illustration: Tranquility by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93)

Michael Kitchen ... Narrator

The Novel:
(From the cover notes)

Rendered 'neither maid, wife or widow' by her husband's absence, Lady Viviette Constantine is condemned to a life of solitude. When she meets Swithin St Cleve - a young man set apart from his contempories by his education - she is entranced by his innocent beauty and his passion for astronomy, and undertakes to become his benefactor. However, fuelled by her loneliness, their relationship deepens to love.

The Author:
(From the cover notes)

Born near Dorchester in 1840, Thomas Hardy became one of the greatest English novelists of his day, encouraged in his love of letters by his mother and his teachers. He worked extensively in London as an architect, but returned to his native Dorset in 1867 to concentrate on writing.