Jude the Obscure
The text reprinted in this volume is based on Hardy’s final revision
for the 1912 Wessex Edition and includes his Preface and Postscript.
The novel is fully annotated and is accompanied by Hardy’s map of
Wessex and a plan of late Victorian Oxford (the Christminster of the
The textual history of Jude the Obscure—including an account of the
surviving manuscript showing Hardy’s major change of intention during
its composition, of the pressure to bowdlerize the novel, and of the
subsequent restoration and revisions—is traced in a series of extracts
from Hardy’s writings as well as from those of his contemporaries and
of modern scholars Richard Little Purdy, John Paterson, and Robert C.
Selections from Hardy’s poems, autobiography, letters, and journalistic
writings provide a background to the novel. Autobiographical elements
and the social climate of the period in which Hardy lived and wrote are
discussed by C. J. Weber and W. R. Rutland, and Hardy’s use of locale
is explored in a section prepared specially for this edition.
"Contemporary Reception" provides a selection of reviews. "Modern
Criticism" 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.
- January 1999
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