This text reprinted in this volume is based on Thomas Hardy's final revision for the 1912 Wessex Edition and includes his preface and postscript. "Backgrounds and Contexts" traces the textual history of "Jude the Obscure" through selections from Hardy's poems, autobiography, letters and journlistic writings. Hardy's use of his locale is explored in a section prepared for this edition and two maps are included. "Contemporary Reception" documents the reviews response to the book. "Modern Criticsm" expresses a broad range of perspectives on Hardy and his novel.
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