Jude the Obscure, Vol. 0000   -     By: Thomas Hardy
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Jude the Obscure, Vol. 0000

Random House / 1992 / Hardcover

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'Jude the Obscure' aroused such a storm of controversy upon its publication in 1895. Thomas Hardy abandoned the art to novel-writing altogether and devoted the rest of his life to poetry. In this story of the passionate, gifted Jude Fawley, baffled in his desire for learning and distinction by his entanglements with the two women in his life-the cunning Arabella and the "pretty, Liquid-eyed, light footed" Sue Bridehead-Hardy achieved the kind of enigmatic force that we associate with the finest Greek tragedies. All the qualities of Hardy's genius-his intense feeling for nature, his ability to create an entire atmoshpere in a few strokes, and to create an almost unbearably accurate vision of human nakedness in the face of immense processes of the cosmos.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.25 X 1.33 (inches)
ISBN: 0679409939
ISBN-13: 9780679409939

Publisher's Description

Jude's story -- his futile desire to better himself through education, his failed marriage and doomed love for the free-spirited Sue Bridehead -- shows with heartbreaking clarity the devastating effects of prejudice and oppression upon innocent minds, and forms a passionate plea for tolerance.

Because of its frank treatment of human sexuality and its unflinching fatalism, Jude the Obscure aroused such a storm of controversy upon its publication in 1895 that, partly in response, Thomas Hardy abandoned the art of novel-writing altogether and devoted the rest of his life to poetry. Though we have come a long way in our social attitudes in the ensuing century, nothing about Hardy's masterpiece has lost its power to shock us and disturb our dreams.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Author Bio

Rosellen Brown is the author of Half a Heart, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies and Before and After. She lives in Chicago.

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