9781593080358

Jude the Obscure (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

  • ISBN 13:

    9781593080358

  • ISBN 10:

    1593080352

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 08/01/2003
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics

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Summary

Virginia Woolf called him "the greatest tragic writer among English novelists," butThomas Hardywas so distressed by the shocked outrage that greetedJude the Obscurein 1895 that he decided to quit writing novels. For in telling the story of Jude Fawley, whose many attempts to rise above his class are crushed by society or the forces of nature, Hardy had attacked Victorian society's most cherished institutions--marriage, social class, religion, and higher education. A poor villager, Jude Fawley longs to study at the elite University of Christminster, but his ambitions are thwarted by class prejudice--and an earthy country girl who tricks him into marriage by pretending to be pregnant. Entrapped in a loveless marriage, he becomes a stonemason and falls in love with his cousin--the intellectual, free-spirited Sue Bridehead, who is also unhappy in marriage. Sue leaves her husband to live with Jude and eventually bears his children out of wedlock. Their poverty and the weight of society's disapproval begin to take their toll on the couple, forcing them into a shattering downward spiral that ends in one of the most shocking scenes in all of literature. A stunning masterpiece,Jude the Obscureis Hardy's bleakest and most personal novel.

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