Jude the Obscure (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

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Jude the Obscure (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

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.
Rosellen Brown is the author of Half a Heart, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies and Before and After. She lives in Chicago.
Product Details ISBN: 9780375757419
ISBN-10: 0375757414
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: August 14th, 2001
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics
"The greatest tragic writer among English novelists."
--Virginia Woolf