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Jude the Obscure (Thrift Edition)

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Powerful and controversial from its 1895 publication to the present, Jude the Obscure scandalized Victorian critics, who condemned it as decadent, indecent, and degenerate. Between its frank portrayals of sexuality and its indictments of marriage, religion, and England's class system, the novel offended a broad swath of readers. Its heated reception led the embittered author to renounce fiction, turning his considerable talents ever afterward to writing poetry.

Hardy's last novel depicts a changing world, where a poor stonemason can aspire to a university education and a higher place in society — but where in reality such dreams remain unattainable. Thwarted at every turn, Jude Hawley abandons his hopes, is trapped into an unwise marriage, and pursues a doomed relationship with his free-spirited cousin, Sue Bridehead. The lovers find themselves equally incapable of living within the conventions of their era and of transcending its legal and moral strictures. Hailed by modern critics as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought, Hardy's tragic parable continues to resonate with readers.

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Hardy's novel about the trials of a poor stonemason excoriates convention — particularly the institutions of marriage, religion, and education — in a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.

Synopsis:

Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.

About the Author

Tragedy haunts the works of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), whose fiction abounds in star-crossed lovers and other characters thwarted by fate or their own shortcomings. Hardy's outspoken criticism of Victorian society excited such profound controversy that the author abandoned fiction and in the 20th century published only poetry.

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Author's Preface

part first: At Marygreen

part second: At Christminster

part third: At Melchester

part fourth: At Shaston

part fifth: At Aldbrickham and Elsewhere

part sixth: At Christminster Again

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486452432
Author:
Hardy, Thomas, Defendant
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Hardy, Thomas
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Author:
Thomas
Author:
Hardy
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Death
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Love stories
Subject:
Adultery
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.54 lb

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Hardy's novel about the trials of a poor stonemason excoriates convention — particularly the institutions of marriage, religion, and education — in a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.
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Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.

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