Jude the Obscure: An Authoritative Text : Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism
The novel is fully annotated and is accompanied by Hardy's map ofWessex and a plan of late Victorian Oxford (the Christminster of thenovel).
The textual history of Jude the Obscure-including an account of thesurviving manuscript showing Hardy's major change of intention duringits composition, of the pressure to bowdlerize the novel, and of thesubsequent restoration and revisions-is traced in a series of extractsfrom Hardy's writings as well as from those of his contemporaries andof modern scholars Richard Little Purdy, John Paterson, and Robert C.Slack.
Selections from Hardy's poems, autobiography, letters, and journalisticwritings provide a background to the novel. Autobiographical elementsand the social climate of the period in which Hardy lived and wrote arediscussed by C. J. Weber and W. R. Rutland, and Hardy's use of localeis explored in a section prepared specially for this edition.
"Contemporary Reception" provides a selection of reviews. "ModernCriticism" is provided by Irving Howe, Arthur Mizener, A. Alvarez, J.I. M. Stewart, Harvey Curtis Webster, D. H. Lawrence, Albert J.Guerard, Robert Gittings, Frederick P. W. McDowell, and Emma Clifford.
A Selected Bibliography is included.
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I used to think of Thomas Hardy as the American Theodore Dreiser. But after finishing "Jude the Obscure," I think he's more accurately described as the Anti-Dickens. Dickens' good, simple, humble ... Read full review