Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

By Thomas Hardy; Rosellen Brown (Introduction by)

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375757419, 528pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2001


Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure shocked Victorian critics and readers with a frank depiction of sexuality and an unbridled indictment of the institutions of marriage, education, and religion, reportedly causing one Angli-can bishop to order the book publicly burned. The experience so exhausted Hardy that he never wrote a work of fiction again.

Rich in symbolism, Jude the Obscure is the story of Jude Fawley and his struggle to rise from his station as a poor Wessex stonemason to that of a scholar at Christminster. It is also the story of Jude’s ill-fated relationship with his cousin Sue Bridehead, and the ultimate tragedy that causes Jude’s undoing and Sue’s transformation. Jude the Obscure explores man’s essential loneliness and remains one of Hardy’s most widely read novels.

About the Author
Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton (Upper Bockhampton in his day), a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England, where his father Thomas (1811-1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder.

Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels "Before and After", "The Autobiography of My Mother", "Tender Mercies", "Civil Wars", and "Half a Heart"; the collection of stories "Street Games"; and the collections of poetry "Some Deaths in the Delta", "Cora Fry", and "Cora Fry's Pillow Book". She lives in Chicago.

Praise For Jude the Obscure

"The greatest tragic writer among English novelists."
--Virginia Woolf