Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
These two texts were published at the beginning of this edition of Jude the Obscure, the first being the preface to the original book edition, from 1895, and the second being a postscript in which Thomas Hardy addresses some of the issues raised in reviews of the book. Of necessity the second text is a defence of the book and himself. Hardy, having by this stage given up writing novels, argues wearily, but also with some mischief, that if the book was an attack on marriage, then it was not very successful. ‘What did it matter?’ he asks. ‘The famous contract – sacrament I mean – is doing fairly well still’.
- Article by:
- Greg Buzwell
- Fin de siècle, Gender and sexuality
Free-spirited and independent, educated and uninterested in marriage and children, the figure of the New Woman threatened conventional ideas about ideal Victorian womanhood. Greg Buzwell explores the place of the New Woman - by turns comical, dangerous and inspirational - in journalism and in fiction by writers such as Thomas Hardy, George Gissing and Sarah Grand.