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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. This was Hardy's last novel, and it caused a public furor when it was first published, with its challenging exploration of class and sexual relationships.
Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.
This book has 444 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1895.
Production notes: This ebook of Jude the Obscure was published by Global Grey in 2019.
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