Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy

Jude the Obscure
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Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy

A brooding tragedy which scandalised Hardy’s contemporaries on first publication. Now reissued to mark the 180th anniversary of Hardy’s birth with a new illustrated jacket in the beautiful Hardy series style. ‘One of the most compassionate of all writers…you feel a kind of agony of helpless tenderness in the writer for all troubled souls’ The Times 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. They refuse to marry, much to the disapproval of the community 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. See also- The Return of the Native

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