Jude the Obscure: An Authoritative Text : Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism

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W.W. Norton, 1999 - Fiction - 468 pages
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

About the author (1999)

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840, in Higher Bockhampton, England. The eldest child of Thomas and Jemima, Hardy studied Latin, French, and architecture in school. He also became an avid reader. Upon graduation, Hardy traveled to London to work as an architect's assistant under the guidance of Arthur Bloomfield. He also began writing poetry. How I Built Myself a House, Hardy's first professional article, was published in 1865. Two years later, while still working in the architecture field, Hardy wrote the unpublished novel The Poor Man and the Lady. During the next five years, Hardy penned Desperate Remedies, Under the Greenwood Tree, and A Pair of Blue Eyes. In 1873, Hardy decided it was time to relinquish his architecture career and concentrate on writing full-time. In September 1874, his first book as a full-time author, Far from the Madding Crowd, appeared serially. After publishing more than two dozen novels, one of the last being Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy returned to writing poetry--his first love. Hardy's volumes of poetry include Poems of the Past and Present, The Dynasts: Part One, Two, and Three, Time's Laughingstocks, and The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. From 1833 until his death, Hardy lived in Dorchester, England. His house, Max Gate, was designed by Hardy, who also supervised its construction. Hardy died on January 11, 1928. His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner at Westminster Abbey.

Norman Page is Professor of English emeritus, University of Nottingham and University of Alberta. He is the author of many books, among them The Language of Jane Austen, Speech in the English Novel, Thomas Hardy, Tennyson: An Illustrated Life, and A. E. Housman: A Critical Biography. He is editor of the Oxford Reader's Companion to Thomas Hardy, past editor of the Thomas Hardy Journal and the Thomas Hardy Annual, and a vice-president of the Thomas Hardy Society.

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