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Jude the obscure : 'the letter killeth'

Jude Fawley is a bright but impoverished stonemason who aspires to attend university and become a scholar. H is failure to fulfill the expectations of the two women he loves 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 of this insightful book was almost without precedent in the history of English literature.

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  • "Jude Fawley is a bright but impoverished stonemason who aspires to attend university and become a scholar. H is failure to fulfill the expectations of the two women he loves 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 of this insightful book was almost without precedent in the history of English literature."@en
  • "Hardy called "Jude the Obscure" "a deadly war waged between flesh and spirit". It is a tale of doomed love and unfulfilled promise that revolves around Jude Fawley, an ambitious and intelligent young man, his cousin Sue Bridehead and his academic mentor Phillotson."
  • "Deals with the tragic career of a humble stone-cutter whose ambition for an education is frustrated and whose personal life is wrecked by the selfishness of two women."@en
  • "Jude Fawley, an impoverished stone mason, aspires to the ministry, but throughout his agonized existence the cloistered halls and facades of Christminister--where Jude wishes to study--tempt and mock him to rid himself of ignorance. His failure to fulfill the expectations of either of the two women he loves, and the violent deaths of his children thwart him in his ideal and lead to his destruction."
  • "Jude Fawley's aspirations to the dignity and rewards of a scholarly life are continually thwarted by tragic obstacles of fate."
  • "Jude Fawley is a poor stone-mason who wishes to become a scholar at a great university but is thwarted in this and most of his other ambitions, by work and by love."
  • "Jude Fawley's hopes of a university education are lost when he is trapped into marrying the earthy Arabella, who later abandons him. Moving to the town of Christminster where he finds work as a stonemason, Jude meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead, a sensitive, freethinking 'New Woman'. Refusing to marry merely for the sake of religious convention, Jude and Sue decide instead to live together, but they are shunned by society and poverty soon threatens to ruin them. Jude the Obscure, Hardy's last novel, caused a public furore when it was first published, with its fearless and challenging exploration of class and sexual relationships."@en
  • ""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'"--P. [4] of cover."@en
  • "Jude Fawley, a young stonemason, aspires to an education and a life in the ministry but finds society indifferent to his goals."@en
  • "Jude Fawley, a young stonemason, aspires to an education and a life in the ministry but finds society indifferent to his goals."
  • "Thomas Hardy's last novel, Jude the Obscure, has been enjoyed by readers around the world for over a century. Somewhat autobiographical, the story follows Jude Fawley, a stonemason in the fictional county of Wessex, who moves to Christminster to follow his dream of becoming a scholar. He becomes embroiled in a social scandal which leads to murder and suicide."
  • "Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul?' Jude Fawley, poor and working-class, longs to study at the University of Christminster, but he is rebuffed, and trapped in a loveless marriage. He falls in love with his unconventional cousin Sue Bridehead, and their refusal to marry when free to do so confirms their rejection of and by the world around them. The shocking fate that overtakes them is an indictment of a rigid and uncaring society. Hardy's last and most controversial novel, Jude the Obscure caused outrage when it was published in 1895. This is the first truly critical edition, taking account of the changes that Hardy made over twenty-five years. It includes a new chronology and bibliography and substantially revised notes."
  • "In 1895 Hardy's final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy's heroines, Jude takes on the world--and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy's philosophy, and a profound exploration of man's essential loneliness, Jude The Obscure is a great and beautiful book."@en
  • "In 1895 Hardy's final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy's heroines, Jude takes on the world--and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy's philosophy, and a profound exploration of man's essential loneliness, Jude The Obscure is a great and beautiful book."
  • "Here is the authoritative text of Hardy's last novel with a critical introduction which discusses to what extent Jude's pessimism is Hardy's own, and to what extent it reflects the advanced intellectual sentiments of the time. Upon it's publication in 1985, this book was denounced as hostile to the institution of marriage and burned by the Bishop of Wakefield for its "insolence and indecency." It was finally acclaimed as a moral work, but oo late: for as Hardy wrote in his postscript in 1912, the experience had completely cured him of further interest in novel writing."@en
  • "A tale of doomed love and unfulfilled promise that revolves around Jude Fawley, an ambitious and intelligent young man, his cousin Sue Bridehead and his academic mentor Phillotson."
  • "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."
  • "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."@en
  • "Jude Fawley is an impoverished stone mason who aspires to the ministry. Throughout his agonized existence, the cloistered halls and facades of Christminister--where Jude wishes to study--tempt and mock him to rid himself of ignorance. His failure to fulfill the expectations of either of the two women he loves, and the violent deaths of his children, thwart him in his ideal and lead to his destruction."@en
  • "Jude Fawley, a stone-mason, has suffered when his academic ambitions were thwarted by his poverty and class. Trapped into a loveless marriage, he is now alone but not free. He comes to love his cousin Sue, who is herself miserably married.___"@en
  • "Details the story of Jude Fawley, a poor stonemason who longs to be a minister, and how the brutal deaths of his children and his inability to please the two women in his life hinder his dreams and threaten his existence."
  • "Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy?s -- 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."@en
  • "The story of Jude Fawley, an impoverished stonemason who aspires to the ministry and fails to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves in Victorian society."
  • "The story of Jude Fawley, an impoverished stonemason who aspires to the ministry and fails to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves in Victorian society."@en
  • "A haunting love story, Jude the Obscure is the most outspoken, the most powerful and the most despairing of Thomas Hardy's creations."@en
  • "Thomas Hardy's deterministic art achieves fanatic intensity and raw perfection in the characterization of Jude Fawley, an impoverished stone mason who aspires to the ministry. Throughout his agonized existence, the cloistered halls and facades of Christminister--where Jude wishes to study--tempt and mock him to rid himself of ignorance. His failure to fulfill the expectations of either of the two women he loves, and the violent deaths of his children thwart him in his ideal and lead to his destruction."@en
  • "Thomas Hardy's deterministic art achieves fanatic intensity and raw perfection in the characterization of Jude Fawley, an impoverished stone mason who aspires to the ministry. Throughout his agonized existence, the cloistered halls and facades of Christminister--where Jude wishes to study--tempt and mock him to rid himself of ignorance. His failure to fulfill the expectations of either of the two women he loves, and the violent deaths of his children thwart him in his ideal and lead to his destruction."
  • "The novel tells the story of Jude Fawley, a village stonemason who yearns to be a scholar at Christminster, a city modeled on Oxford, England. The novela also follows his earthy wife, Arabella, and his cousin, Sue. The elaborately structured plot dwells on subtle details and accidents lead to the characters' ruin while exploring many different themes."@en
  • "This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women."
  • ""Jude Fawley, an impoverished stonemason, aspires to the ministry and fails to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves in Victorian society." *** "Marriage, the Church of England, and the British university system all come under criticism in a story about two cousins who love each other and want to improve their lot in life." *** "In this haunting love story, a couple who have each fled a previous marriage find love and fulfillment together, only to have tragedy overwhelm them." *** "Both having left earlier marriages, Jude Fawley and Sue Brideshead find happiness in their relationship. Ironically, when tragedy tests their union, it is Sue, the modern emancipated woman, who proves unequal to the challenge.""
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  • "* Based on the revised text of 1912 -"@en
  • "Originally published 1896. Revised and updated bibliography. Victorian novel of Jude Fawley whose children and two women destroy his ideals and cause his destruction."@en
  • ""Marriage, the Church of England, and the British university system all come under criticism in a story about two cousins who love each other and want to improve their lot in life." "In this haunting love story, a couple who have each fled a previous marriage find love and fulfillment together, only to have tragedy overwhelm them." "Both having left earlier marriages, Jude Fawley and Sue Brideshead find happiness in their relationship. Ironically, when tragedy tests their union, it is Sue, the modern emancipated woman, who proves unequal to the challenge.""
  • "Deals with the tragic career of a humble stone-cutter whose ambition for an education is frustrated, and whose personal life is wrecked by the selfishness of two women."@en
  • "Jude Fawley's aspirations to the dignity and rewards of life are continually thwarted by tragic obstacles of fate."@en
  • "Jude Fawley moves to Christminster where he works as a stonemason after his wife abandons him where he falls in love with his cousin. Poverty soon threatens when they are shunned by society for deciding to live together."
  • "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."@en
  • ""The last of Hardy's novels, Jude the Obscure offers some of the author's most valuable insights into the issues of class, religion, and marriage. It tells the story of Jude Fawley, an aspiring academic from the working-class who falls in love with Sue, his cousin. Finding that their relationship only incurs the wrath and judgment of their community, Jude and Sue experience ostracism and tragedy in this highly controversial Victorian novel."--Publisher's description."
  • "Protagonist Jude Fawley discovers the indifference of the world."
  • "Novel tracing Jude Fawley's life from his aspirations of intellectual freedom to his early death."@en
  • "Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy's novels, begun as a magazine serial and first published in book form in 1895. The book was burnt publicly by the William Walsham How, Bishop of Wakefield, in that same year. Its hero Jude Fawley is a working-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, Arabella, and his cousin, Sue. Themes include class, scholarship, religion, marriage, and the modernisation of thought and ..."@en
  • "Jude Fawley, an obscure member of the artisan class, aspires to become a minister and wages battle against enormous odds."
  • "When a discouraged stone-mason falls in love with the woman he believes is his soul-mate, their lives are plagued with tragedy."@en
  • "Victorian novel of Jude Fawley whose children and two women destroy his ideals and cause his destruction."@en
  • "Jude Fawley, a poor stone carver with aspirations toward an academic career, is thwarted at every turn and is finally forced to give up his dreams of a university education. He is tricked into an unwise marriage, and when his wife deserts him, he begins a relationship with a free-spirited cousin. With this begins the descent into bleak tragedy as the couple alternately defy and succumb to the pressures of a deeply disapproving society."@en
  • "Jude Fawley longs to go to university but is excluded by his class and trapped into a foolish marriage. When he finds work as a stonemason in Christminster and falls in love with his cousin, the freethinking Sue Bridehead, they live together openly and as a result are shunned by society. For Jude, ever the outsider, the effects are devastating."@en
  • "A story of English fiction about an improverished stonemason who aspires to the ministry. It tells of his life, and the people around him."@en
  • "Jude the Obscure tells the story of a stonemason, tricked into a loveless marriage, who craves a formal education and a finer existence. Separated from his wife, Jude begins a new life with his cousin, and the couple defies social convention at every turn."

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