RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 268796316 LA English T1 Jude the obscure A1 Hardy, Thomas,, Parini, Jay., Deresiewicz, William,, PB Signet Classics PP New York YR 2009 SN 9780451531339 0451531337 9780140435382 0140435387 AB "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'"--Page 4 of cover.