Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy


Thomas Hardy’s controversial final novel, the eighth volume in his uniform series of Wessex Novels, accompanied by a letter to his friend Edward Clodd reporting his progress on the work. The story of a stonemason whose higher aspirations are brutally crushed, Jude the Obscure was the subject of immediate backlash: “his dreams were as gigantic as his surroundings were small.” Hardy’s attack on class snobbery and compulsory marriage, and his sympathetic portrayal of a family created out of wedlock, so outraged readers that he abandoned the writing of novels altogether, turning to poetry in his final decades.

Jude the Obscure is one of Hardy’s most gloomily fatalistic works, depicting the lives of individuals who are trapped by forces beyond their control. Jude Fawley, a poor villager, wants to enter the divinity school at Christminster (the University of Oxford).

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A hardcover copy with dark-coloured boards, gilt lettering and embossed gilt motif on the front cover.  There is foxing and toning throughout but the text is clear and legible. Frontispiece illustration of the “Christminster” of the story by H. Macbeth-Raeburn, with a tissue guard bound in. Map of Wessex at the end of the book. Volume VIII of the author’s Wessex novels. There is a partial loss to the top edge of the spine. There is some wear and rubbing to the edges of the book – fairly good for its age . The top edge of the book is gilt and other edges are untrimmed. Now in a clear, removable cover to protect from damage.

Vol 8 of the Wessex Novels

Publisher: Osgood, McIlvaine and CO., London.

Publication Date: 1896.

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Weight 0.900 kg
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