Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
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Jude Fawley is a young man who longs to better himself and go to Christminster University. However, poverty forces him into a job as a stonemason and an unhappy marriage. When his wife leaves him Jude moves to Christminster determined to follow his dream. There he meets and falls for his free-spirited cousin, Sue Bridehead. The couple refuses to marry much to the disapproval of the society around them. In this heartbreaking story Hardy shows the devastating effects of social prejudice and oppression.



The novel caused outrage when it was published in 1895 and, as a result, was the last novel Hardy ever wrote.

 

About Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. In his writing, he immortalized the site of his birth-Egdon Heath, in Dorset, near Dorchester. Delicate as a child, he was taught at home by his mother before he attended grammar school. At sixteen, Hardy was apprenticed to an architect, and for many years, architecture was his profession; in his spare time, he pursued his first and last literary love, poetry. Finally convinced that he could earn his living as an author, he retired from architecture, married, and devoted himself to writing. An extremely productive novelist, Hardy published an important book every year or two. In 1896, disturbed by the public outcry over the unconventional subjects of his two greatest novels-Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure-he announced that he was giving up fiction and afterward produced only poetry. In later years, he received many honors. He died on January 11, 1928, and was buried in Poet's Corner, in Westminster Abbey. It was as a poet that he wished to be remembered, but today critics regard his novels as his most memorable contribution to English literature for their psychological insight, decisive delineation of character, and profound presentation of tragedy.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Moorside Press. 461 pages
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The controversial tale of Jude Fawley and his unconventional relationship with his cousin, Sue Bridehead, is as fascinating today as it was when Hardy published the novel in 1895. Beautifully narrated

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Examiner

In Jude the Obscure, we are given the entire life of Jude Fawley.

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Thomas Hardy's Jude The Obscure is as dark a vision of life as has ever been committed to the page, and this new adaptation stays almost entirely faithful to that vision.

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Nights and Weekends

Jude the Obscure may have been written over a hundred years ago, and Thomas Hardy might have changed the place names, but having grown up in the South of England, I nonetheless recognised some of the locations used in this novel.

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Time Out New York

Mostly, it's faithful to the story of the lowly but academically ambitious Wessex stonemason (Eccleston) who, after a disastrous marriage to Arabella (Griffiths), daughter of a pig farmer, heads off to the university town of Christminster, where he falls for his strong-willed, comparatively world...

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Variety

Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen.

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Ross Colvin Turnbull Jude as a Boy ...James Daley Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to "Jude," a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel to the bigscreen.

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