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Jude the obscure

Author: Thomas Hardy; Jay Parini; William Deresiewicz
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Thomas Hardy's art achieves raw perfection in the characterization of Jude Fawley, a bright but impoverished stonemason who aspires to attend university and become a scholar. His failure to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves thwarts him in this ideal and points to his final tragedy. Concerned with the destructive conventions of marriage and the English class system, Jude the Obscure is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Love stories
Didactic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hardy; Jay Parini; William Deresiewicz
ISBN: 9780451531339 0451531337
OCLC Number: 268796316
Notes: "The text of this edition of Jude the Obscure is that of the Wessex Edition (1912), published by St. Martin's Press, Inc."--P. [411].
Description: xv, 409 p. ; 18 cm.
Responsibility: Thomas Hardy ; with an introduction by Jay Parini and a new afterward by William Deresiewicz.

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"Thomas Hardy's art achieves raw perfection in the characterization of Jude Fawley, a bright but impoverished stonemason who aspires to attend university and become a scholar. His failure to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves thwarts him in this ideal and points to his final tragedy. Concerned with the destructive conventions of marriage and the English class system, Jude the Obscure is a raging indictment of Victorian society. The censure attending its appearance was almost without precedent in the history of English literature. D.H. Lawrence detected 'a constant revelation ... a great background, vital and vivid ... This is the wonder of Hardy's novels, and gives them their beauty'"--P. [4] of cover.

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