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Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy
ISBN 0679409939 / 9780679409939 / 0-679-40993-9
Publisher Random House Inc
List price $22.00
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Because of its frank treatment of human sexuality and its unflinching fatalism, Jude the Obscure aroused such a storm of controversy upon its publication in 1895 that, partly in response, Thomas Hardy abandoned the art of novel-writing altogether and devoted the rest of his life to poetry. Though we have come a long way in our social attitudes in the ensuing century, nothing about Hardy's masterpiece has lost its power to shock us and disturb our dreams. [via]