This book includes introduction and notes by Norman Vance, Professor of English, University of Sussex.
Jude Fawley is a rural stone mason with intellectual aspirations. Frustrated by poverty and the indifference of the academic institutions at the University of Christminster, his only chance of fulfilment seems to lie in his relationship with his unconventional cousin, Sue Bridehead.
But life as social outcasts proves undermining, and when tragedy occurs, Sue has no resilience and Jude is left in despair.
About the Author
Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840 at Higher Bockhampton in Dorset. His father was a stonemason. Hardy attended school in Dorchester and then trained as an architect. In 1868 his work took him to St Juliot's church in Cornwall where he met his wife-to-be, Emma. His first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, was rejected by publishers but Desperate Remedies was published in 1871 and this was rapidly followed by Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). He also wrote many other novels, poems and short stories.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles was published in 1891 and he published his final novel, Jude the Obscure, in 1895. Hardy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1910 and the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1912. Emma died in 1912 and Hardy married his second wife, Florence, in 1914. Thomas Hardy died on 11 January 1928.
|General Editor's Preface||p. vii|
|Map of Hardy's Wessex||p. viii|
|Note on the Text||p. xxii|
|Select Bibliography||p. xxvi|
|A Chronology of Thomas Hardy||p. xxix|
|Jude the Obscure||p. 1|
|Explanatory Notes||p. 399|
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Series: Wordsworth Classics
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 5th August 2000
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 12.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.259