Jude the Obscure (Paperback)

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By Thomas Hardy, Rosellen Brown (Introduction by)
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Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure shocked Victorian critics and readers with a frank depiction of sexuality and an unbridled indictment of the institutions of marriage, education, and religion, reportedly causing one Angli-can bishop to order the book publicly burned. The experience so exhausted Hardy that he never wrote a work of fiction again.

Rich in symbolism, Jude the Obscure is the story of Jude Fawley and his struggle to rise from his station as a poor Wessex stonemason to that of a scholar at Christminster. It is also the story of Jude’s ill-fated relationship with his cousin Sue Bridehead, and the ultimate tragedy that causes Jude’s undoing and Sue’s transformation. Jude the Obscure explores man’s essential loneliness and remains one of Hardy’s most widely read novels.

About the Author

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton (Upper Bockhampton in his day), a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England, where his father Thomas (1811-1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder.

Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels "Before and After", "The Autobiography of My Mother", "Tender Mercies", "Civil Wars", and "Half a Heart"; the collection of stories "Street Games"; and the collections of poetry "Some Deaths in the Delta", "Cora Fry", and "Cora Fry's Pillow Book". She lives in Chicago.

Praise For…

"The greatest tragic writer among English novelists."
--Virginia Woolf

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375757419
ISBN-10: 0375757414
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: August 14th, 2001
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)