Jude the Obscure: An Authoritative Text: Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism / Edition 2

Jude the Obscure: An Authoritative Text: Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism / Edition 2

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by Norman Page, Thomas Hardy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 039397278X

ISBN-13: 9780393972788

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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 novel).
The textual history of Jude the Obscure—including an account of

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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 novel).
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. Slack.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393972788
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Jude the Obscure: An Authoritative Text: Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, it seemed awefully boring to me. It was a long beginning full of very detailed scenes and characters which bored me. But as I moved along to the second and third parts of the story, it became much more readable. The beginning may be long, but it's also necessary and an essential part of building up the characters and as you read along, setting them up to fail. The characters are incredibly easy to attach to when you emerse yourself into it. This is one of the best books I've ever read.
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