Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure is a novel by English author Thomas Hardy. It began as a magazine serial in 1894 and published as a book in 1895 by Osgood, McIlvaine, & Co.
Jude the Obscure was originally titled The Simpletons, then Hearts Insurgent and was published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine The book's inside cover synopsis reads as follows:
"As far as English literature is concerned, the Victorian age effectively ended in 1895 with the publication of Thomas Hardy's melancholy, sensuous masterpiece, Jude the Obscure.
The gifted and doomed Jude Fawley is a village stonemason who teaches himself the classics and yearns to be a university scholar. His dreams founder on the rocks of a disastrous marriage, an ill-fated passion and his free-spirited and unconventional cousin Sue Bridehead, and the prejudice and indifference of his world. Because of its frank treatment of sexuality and its unflinching fatalism, Jude the Obscure aroused such a storm of controversy upon its publication that, partly in response, Hardy abandoned writing novels altogether and devote4d the rest of his life to poetry. Though social attitudes changed dramatically in the ensuing century, nothing about Hardy's masterpiece has lost its power to shock us and disturb our dreams."
Jude the Obscure was Thomas Hardy's final novel. The book is recommended by Lion Stationers and can be purchased from the following vendors:
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