Jude the Obscure - dark, depressing and brilliant - Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy, British novelist and poet, note written in 1899 Painting Thomas Hardy by William Strang, 1893 Share